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Litigation funder nabs 4 with advancing Aus presence

Litigation funder nabs 4 with advancing Aus presence

Neill Brennan, Augusta Ventures

Augusta Ventures has continued its litigation funding foray into the Australian market, having announced its appointment of four senior litigation lawyers, as well as the establishment of a Melbourne office this month.

Susanna Khouri and Kevin Ngo will join the Sydney office, while Sara Dennis and Sarah Adams have been named as members of the new Melbourne office which opened its doors early this week.

Ms Khouri, previously of Piper Alderman’s national dispute resolution team, and IMF Bentham, will take on the role of head of investment operations in diligence and monitoring.

In a statement, the litigation funder said Ms Khouri had worked on high profile class actions against parties that included Lehman Brothers Australia Ltd, KPMG, the Commonwealth and the ATO.

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Joining her is Mr Ngo, in the position of assistant investment manager of diligence.

Mr Ngo has most recently worked as an associate for Quinn Emanuel Urghart & Sullivan, and has worked on high-profile commercial litigation matters including shareholder and consumer class actions, refinancing of disputes, and contractual disputes, Augusta Ventures said.

In Melbourne, Sara Dennis will take up a role as investment manager – commercial. She joins the litigation funder from Clayton Utz, where she acted as special counsel in the national class actions and product liability team, and also held the role of senior legal project manager.

Ms Adams will also hold an investment manager position in Victoria, in the diligence area.

Having worked as general counsel for Vaughan Constructions Pty Ltd, Ms Adams has more than 25 years of experience in construction and engineering matters.

Augusta Ventures’ managing director and co-founder Neill Brennan said he is pleased to expand operations in the Australian market and to attract such experienced senior litigators, bringing the number of staff in Australia to 15.

“We have an experienced team of lawyers at Augusta and are pleased to attract further exceptional litigators and accomplished class action lawyers,” he said.

“We are excited about the opening of our Melbourne office as it advances our presence in the market as one of the leading litigation funders and enhances our ability to provide quality service to lawyers in Melbourne,” Mr Brennan continued.

 

 

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