Kenneth Harmon, who served the U.S. Department of Justice as a prosecutor for nearly three decades, further equips LexShares to meet burgeoning legal industry demand for litigation finance offerings.
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LexShares, a leading commercial litigation finance firm, today announced the addition of Kenneth Harmon as Director of Risk & Deputy General Counsel. Drawing on a 28-year background prosecuting white-collar criminal matters and whistleblower-related litigation for the federal government, Mr. Harmon will be evaluating and servicing a growing pipeline of legal claim investment opportunities as a member of the firm’s Investments Group.
Prior to joining LexShares, Mr. Harmon served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Colorado for 19 years and in the Southern District of Florida for nine years, primarily leading investigations into tax and accounting fraud, insider trading, and counterfeit pharmaceuticals trafficking. He has also practiced at Denver-based litigation firm Springer & Steinberg, focusing on a wide range of commercial and white-collar criminal matters. Mr. Harmon began his career as a litigation associate with Paul Weiss and holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
“Ken’s impressive track record and diverse skill set make him a tremendous asset to our firm,” said Max Volsky, LexShares’ Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer. “Investing in our underwriting and servicing team is critical. We are confident Ken will bolster our efforts to provide an efficient funding process to an expanding network of attorneys and plaintiffs.”
“As a close observer of the litigation finance market, I have long admired LexShares’ approach to investing in legal claims and relished the opportunity to work alongside such a dynamic, experienced team,” added Mr. Harmon. “Mastering new and complex subjects fueled me throughout my career as a federal prosecutor. I find myself similarly energized joining a rapidly-growing firm that provides a critical product to the legal industry.”
The hiring of Mr. Harmon marks the latest milestone in a significant year of expansion for LexShares. He joins an investment team that has collectively underwritten $3 billion in funding opportunities to date, including $921 million in the past year alone. Powered by the firm’s proprietary Diamond Mine origination technology, alongside veteran legal underwriters, LexShares’ average investment size has grown 60% year-over-year as of Aug. 31, 2020, to $1.63 million. To support this growth, shortly after its 100th investment, the firm launched its second dedicated litigation finance fund. With a $100 million target size, LexShares Marketplace Fund II opened on June 10.
LexShares is a leading litigation finance firm, with an innovative approach to originating and financing high-value commercial legal claims. LexShares funds litigation-related matters, primarily originated by its proprietary Diamond Mine software, through both its online marketplace and dedicated litigation finance fund. Founded in 2014, the company is privately owned with principal offices in Boston and New York City. For more information, visit www.lexshares.com.
This release may contain “forward looking statements” which are not guaranteed. Investment opportunities posted on LexShares are offered by WealthForge Securities, LLC, a registered broker-dealer and member FINRA / SIPC. LexShares and WealthForge are separate entities. Investment opportunities offered by LexShares are “private placements” of securities that are not publicly traded, are not able to be voluntarily redeemed or sold, and are intended for investors who do not need a liquid investment. Investments in legal claims are speculative, carry a high degree of risk and may result in loss of entire investment.
David Shack, +1 (646) 480-6508