Litigation funding & the expanded opportunities for lawyers & clients, alike

Bentham IMF’s arrival in Canada and what it means for the litigation marketplace.
Litigation funding & the expanded opportunities for lawyers & clients, alike

Peter Aprile and Natalie Worsfold interview Tania Sulan and Naomi Loewith of Bentham IMF Capital Limited ("Bentham IMF").  The group discusses Bentham IMF's recent arrival in Canada, the stigma of litigation funding, and the opportunities it opens for lawyers and clients, alike.

Tania Sulan


Tania Sulan, Bentham IMF

Tania Sulan has nearly a decade of experience in third party litigation funding and 11 years of experience as a commercial litigator in both Sydney and London, U.K.  As the Chief Investment Officer of Bentham IMF's Canadian operations, she is at the forefront of introducing funding to the Canadian market after having successfully led Bentham's expansion into Adelaide, Australia in 2009.  

Since joining Bentham in 2007, Tania has provided funding for a broad range of commercial litigation matters involving breach of contract, intellectual property, breach of duty, insolvency and arbitration, among others.   She has assisted companies and law firms to achieve their growth strategies with creative financing solutions such litigation portfolios or operational cost financing. 

Tania enjoys conducting due diligence to identify viable investment opportunities for Bentham and working collaboratively with claimants and lawyers to bring cases to a successful conclusion.  At any one time, she is typically functioning as a strategic advisor on numerous cases and monitoring a multi-million dollar investment portfolio on behalf of the company.

Naomi Loewith


Naomi Loewith, Bentham IMF

Naomi Loewith is an Investment Manager in Bentham IMF's Toronto office.  Naomi has extensive experience with complex commercial matters, acting for corporations, universities, boards of directors, senior executive management and public institutions. 

Prior to joining IMF, Naomi was a litigator at Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP.  In that role, Naomi conducted trials and appeals before all levels of courts and regulatory bodies, and advised on sensitive, contentious and high-profile matters.   

Naomi provides claimants and counsel with thoughtful analysis and strategic advice at all stages of their cases.

Peter Aprile


Peter Aprile, Counter Tax Lawyers

Peter Aprile is a senior lawyer specializing in tax dispute resolution and litigation. His vision as Counter’s founder and his everyday role at the firm are one and the same: to be an agent of change, uncovering opportunities and developing strategies that achieve more than anyone expected. A creative thinker, Peter studies problems from all different angles to find what others have missed. He’s also convinced that he likes winning more than most people.

Different people describe Peter in different ways. At the CRA and the federal Department of Justice, the word relentless comes up quite a lot. Admittedly, so does the word a**hole – but it’s often said with a certain grudging respect, if not affection. Peter’s clients call him a saint. Well, some of them, anyway. His colleagues describe him as empowering and harddriving, but fair. Peter’s friends call him loyal. His wife describes him as a lot to deal with, but worth it. Peter encourages his young daughter and son to call him “The Big Homie,” though with limited success. His mother describes him with the single word mischievous – before going on to complain that he should call more.

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Natalie Worsfold


Natalie Worsfold, Counter Tax Lawyers

Natalie is a tax lawyer who represents individual taxpayers and owner-managed businesses in disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). She also successfully challenges CRA decisions denying taxpayer relief and helps facilitate applications under the Voluntary Disclosures Program.

But what you really need to know about Natalie is that she’s a tax litigator with heart. When she takes a case, it’s not out of technical interest – it’s because she cares. And if she believes the government has got something wrong, she won’t stop until it’s been put right. She’s fierce.

Natalie is the co-architect behind many of Counter’s process workflows, software and data analytics systems, as well as our comprehensive knowledgebase (loving named Hank). And when it comes to preparing cases, she’s Counter’s secret weapon – happiest when elbow-deep in evidence, meticulously building creative solutions to seemingly impossible problems. Because the fact is Natalie sees things that other people don’t.

Natalie’s family and friends describe her as loyal, selfless, understanding and fun. They also mention stubborn. To her Counter colleagues she’s a combination of stellar brainpower and contagious enthusiasm who elevates the game of everyone around her.

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