Wednesday, 1 July 2020
HFW, KPMG and Augusta Ventures are pleased to announce a non-exclusive project to assist companies facing problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.
Together, they will provide a global ‘one-stop shop’ that can quickly support companies needing assistance by facilitating funding for supporting litigation and arbitration from Augusta, and a package of legal assistance, asset tracing and enforcement measures from HFW and KPMG.
Augusta’s assistance will enable claims to be swiftly investigated and the merits established, so that clients can decide how they wish to proceed including by way of litigation or mediation.
Brian Perrott, Partner, HFW:
“The pandemic is the biggest disruption to business since 2008 and will give rise to countless disputes and claims, largely through no fault of either party. But companies wishing to resolve such disputes may find themselves unable to fund the costs of any litigation at this difficult time. Having Augusta on board will therefore be of great comfort to parties when they are dealing with problems caused by the pandemic that are unforeseen and for which there is no time to make any cash provision to fund the matter.
I also look forward to working with KPMG on this project, as I know how many claims do not proceed or fail because of an inability to locate and, where necessary, enforce against assets. This team will also be able to ensure matters are properly investigated, so that the clients can decide if they want to proceed to litigation or resolve their claims by mediation.”
Robert Hanna, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Augusta Ventures:
“Collaborating with HFW and KPMG will allow us to deliver a seamless, low-risk litigation process for claimants seeking to recover funds. Together, we will level the playing field providing funds for access to justice and place our clients on the best path for success.”
David Standish, Partner, KPMG:
“Our expertise in asset tracing and enforcement is of the utmost value to clients who wish to recover losses. Working with this team means we can tackle all aspects of the problem very quickly. The added comfort of funding means no claim need be delayed because of problems around financing the work.”
HFW is a leading global law firm in the aerospace, commodities, construction, energy and resources, insurance, and shipping sectors. The firm has more than 600 lawyers, including 185 partners, based in offices across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. HFW prides itself on its deep industry expertise and its entrepreneurial, creative and collaborative culture.
Established in 2013, Augusta is the largest litigation and dispute funding institution in the UK by case volume, having committed in excess of £250m to over 230 claims. Augusta’s scale enables them to make decisions in market-leading timeframes and fund cases of any size. The business is organised into a series of specialist practice groups: Arbitration, Class Action, Competition, Consumer, Intellectual Property, and Litigation, and sectors including Financial Services and Construction & Energy. Augusta has offices in London, Sydney, Melbourne, and Toronto.
KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing audit, tax and advisory services to a wide variety of public and private sector organisations. We operate in 147 countries and territories and have over 219,000 people working in member firms around the world.
KPMG in the UK is one of the largest member firms of KPMG’s global network providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. In the UK we have 631 partners and 17,600 professionals working together to deliver value to our clients across our 22 UK offices. Our vision is to be the clear choice in professional services in the UK. For our clients, for our people and for the communities in which we work.
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