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Convergence of Impact Investing and Litigation Funding



Aristata Capital is the first litigation fund dedicated to driving positive social and

environmental change with an attractive financial return.

An established and global asset class of substantial scale, litigation funding 

applies a private equity model to invest in existing commercial litigation, generating

superior returns that are uncorrelated to mainstream capital markets.

The fund will invest in a diversified portfolio of litigation cases across a range of sectors –

including climate change, human rights, justice reform, foreign aid and equality - where law

can be used as a potent tool for social and environmental change. Aristata Capital views

impact with a wide lens, using an objective impact framework to build a pipeline of

investment opportunities across a variety of case types and well-known jurisdictions.

  • New opportunity to harness litigation to effect positive social change​

  • Filling a gap in the market, applying an impact model to public interest cases​

  • Strong UK/US team combining  deep Impact Investment and Litigation Fundi​ng experience

  • Performance will be assessed on a blend of social impact achieved and financial returns​

  • Aristata Capital is the first Litigation Funder of this kind


Rob Ryan

Founder and CEO

Former Director of Development for ClientEarth, Europe’s leading public interest law firm, with 15 years of experience developing social impact solutions for high net worth individuals, foundations, and family offices in the US and Europe. Previously Executive Director at CCS in New York, advising family offices and NGOs on impact strategy and fundraising. Robert holds an MBA from London Business School

Jack Naylor

Chief Investment Officer

Former Head of Litigation for PricewaterhouseCoopers with more than 30 years experience in legal and professional services firms and deep expertise in strategic problem solving, litigation, regulatory disputes and crisis management, described by a leading QC as "the best in-house litigator in the UK". Extensive market/international knowledge across sectors, jurisdictions (UK, US, Europe, Middle East and Africa)


Michael Hartridge

General Counsel

Former Senior Director of Litigation Funding at Harbour Litigation Funding, the UK’s pioneer in commercial litigation funding, and General Counsel, Litigation Regulatory and Competition for Lloyds Banking Group. Michael handles Dispute Resolution matters and advises on the full range of contentious work for both individuals and organisations. Michael has worked for many years in the financial services sector and has extensive experience of complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and high profile regulatory investigations, including in relation to mis-selling, market conduct and regulatory disclosure issues


Rupert Naylor

Investment Principal

Former Associate at Helios Capital Ventures, a US based impact focused Venture Capital firm. Prior to Helios, Rupert was a Consulting Analyst at Stanhope Capital advising HNWI’s, University Endowments and Charities about their portfolio of investments. Rupert has a broad experience in the financial services industry, a keen interest in the impact space and holds an MSc in International Management from the University of Exeter. Outside of work Rupert is an avid sportsman, usually found on a hockey pitch, golf course or discussing US sports trivia.


Investment Strategy

Aristata Capital views social impact with a wide lens. There are blended Social Impact and Commercial Cases opportunities for investment impacting a wide range of causes in many jurisdictions around the globe:



Foreign Aid


Human Rights


Justice Reform


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