NASHVILLE, October 10, 2019—Westfleet Advisors, the leading U.S. litigation finance advisory firm, announced today that it has expanded its executive team with the additions of Barry Kamar and Michael Perich, both as Vice President and Legal Counsel. Mr. Kamar was most recently an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in New Jersey. Mr. Perich joins Westfleet from AmLaw 200 law firm, Ice Miller.
“We are thrilled to add such high-quality talent to our team, enabling us to keep pace with the growing demand for our independent litigation finance advisory services,” said Charles Agee, founder and CEO of Westfleet Advisors. “Barry and Michael have diverse backgrounds in law, financial analysis, and litigation finance that ideally complement and bring important new perspectives to our service offerings. They will deliver tremendous value to our clients as they help them navigate litigation finance opportunities.”
Mr. Kamar spent nearly a decade in public service before joining Westfleet, first as an enforcement attorney in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s New York office and later as an AUSA in New Jersey. He brings years of experience in evaluating the strengths of cases involving financial fraud, and his extensive courtroom experience includes nearly a calendar year of trial work in a large RICO prosecution. Mr. Kamar previously worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co., where he developed skills in financial analysis, due diligence and deal negotiation.
“I’m excited to combine my trial and corporate finance experience for the benefit of parties seeking litigation funding,” said Mr. Kamar, who was named co-chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s public protection unit while serving as an AUSA. “There was no doubt that Westfleet was the right place for me to do that, given its industry stature and commitment to operating ethically and transparently.”
Mr. Perich brings substantial experience in litigation finance to Westfleet. He previously worked at two leading litigation finance providers, where he underwrote litigation funding deals across a wide range of subject matter and assessed the strengths of new legal claims. At Ice Miller, he was the firm’s primary resource to answer questions about litigation funding and to structure unique contingency or alternative fee arrangements.
“Having seen litigation funding deals from the perspective of both funders and law firms, I appreciate the need for parties seeking financing to have a truly independent advisor at the table,” said Mr. Perich. “Westfleet recognized that need years ago. That’s one of the reasons Charles and Westfleet are so well respected as leaders in the industry.”
Mr. Perich will work from Chicago, while Mr. Kamar will be based in New York.
Westfleet Advisors is the leading litigation finance advisor in the United States. It was founded in 2013 to bring greater transparency and efficiency to the litigation finance market by equipping users of litigation financing with expertise and resources. Our core mission is to ensure claimholders and lawyers have all the information they need to be successful with litigation financing. Our senior leadership has been active in the litigation finance industry since 1998.