An industry-leading expert in structuring and underwriting legal finance deals, Emily Slater is the Managing Director of Burford Capital’s underwriting and investment arm in New York.
Ms. Slater first joined Burford in 2010 and has played a significant role in building its industry-leading investment and underwriting processes. In the last eight years, Ms. Slater has assessed thousands of cases and underwritten hundreds of millions in legal finance investments across a broad range of practice areas. Ms. Slater also leads Burford’s business development efforts and provides legal finance insights to US law firms.
Prior to joining Burford, Ms. Slater was a litigator at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she specialized in complex securities, accounting, director & officer and other bet-the-company litigation and regulatory investigations, regularly representing financial institutions and other public companies before the SEC and DOJ.
As a leading expert in the field of legal finance with particular expertise in complex transaction structuring and underwriting, Ms. Slater speaks on the topic frequently and has spoken at events organized by Baker McKenzie, Gowling WLG, The Knowledge Group, ICCA, the New York City Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Fort Worth Bar Association, among others. Ms. Slater has appeared in legal and business media including Law360 and the Daily Commercial News.
Ms. Slater earned her BA in government from Colby College and her JD from New York University School of Law, where she was the Colloquium Editor of the Review of Law and Social Change.
Ms. Slater was a founding member of the Pro Bono Advisory Council of New York Lawyers for the Public interest, and she led a landmark pro bono class action litigation regarding mental health treatment in New York City jails, which prevailed in the New York State Court of Appeals. Ms. Slater served as a trustee of Brooklyn Heights Montessori School.
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