Burford’s board of directors (the "Board") consists of eight directors. The Board has overall responsibility for Burford’s governance, strategy, risk management and key policies and engages in robust scrutiny of the business and investment portfolios. The Board regularly evaluates its own performance and discusses improvements to its structure and processes. The Board generally meets four times each year. The directors bring a range of experience in public company, investment management and litigation and arbitration matters and are experienced and collectively well-versed in the legislative and regulatory environment in which Burford operates.

Two of Burford’s eight directors are women (25%). The Board has determined that seven directors (88%), other than the Chief Executive Officer Mr. Bogart, are independent non-executive directors under the listing standards of the New York Stock Exchange and the applicable rules and regulations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The directors are:

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Hugh Steven Wilson is the Chair of the Board. In his role as the Chair of the Board, he focuses on strategy, decision-making and corporate governance. Mr. Wilson has served as a director on the Board since 2009 and as the Chair of the Board since May 2021. Mr. Wilson also serves as the chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee.

Mr. Wilson spent more than 30 years at Latham & Watkins, one of the world’s largest law firms, where he was Global Co-Chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group and chair of both the National Litigation Department and the National Mergers and Acquisitions Litigation Practice. He then joined Tennenbaum Capital Partners, a US-based private investment business, as Managing Partner and served as the Chief Executive Officer of multiple registered investment funds managed by Tennenbaum Capital Partners. After his retirement, Mr. Wilson continued to serve as a Senior Adviser to Tennenbaum Capital Partners through its acquisition by BlackRock. Mr. Wilson has served as the chair of the boards of directors and a director of numerous public and private companies.  

Mr. Wilson also serves as the chair of Burford Capital Holdings (UK) Limited, one of Burford’s principal subsidiaries, to ensure non-executive oversight.

Mr. Wilson holds a BA from Indiana University, a JD from the University of Chicago Law School and a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School.

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Rukia Baruti has served as a director on the Board since August 2022. Dr. Baruti also serves as a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee.

Dr Baruti is an experienced independent arbitrator and is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales. Her career began in commercial law in the City of London in 1997. In 2006, she joined the international arbitration group at SJ Berwin LLP (later merged with King & Wood Mallesons), where she practiced arbitration and litigation until 2010.

In 2011, Dr Baruti founded the Africa International Legal Awareness, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing African involvement in the international legal community, where she was a managing director until 2018. She also co-founded the African Arbitration Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promotion of African arbitration practitioners, where she has served as Secretary General since 2018.

Dr Baruti holds a bachelor's degree in international studies from Birkbeck College, University of London, an MA in diplomatic studies and international law from the University of Westminster and a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva.

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Christopher Bogart is Chief Executive Officer, a director and a co-founder of Burford, and he also serves as a member of its Management and Commitments Committees. Under Mr. Bogart's leadership, Burford has become the largest global provider of legal finance and a force in the global legal market. 

Before co-founding Burford, Mr. Bogart held numerous senior executive positions with Time Warner. As Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Time Warner Inc., he managed one of the largest legal functions in the world. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Cable Ventures and one of four senior executives operating Time Warner Cable, with $9 billion in revenue and 30,000 employees, and as Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner Entertainment Ventures.

At Time Warner, Mr. Bogart played a significant role in major transactions and litigation matters including the $350 billion America Online merger; the acquisition of Turner Broadcasting, including CNN and other media properties; antitrust litigation with News Corporation; the attempted acquisition of EMI Music; a joint venture with Microsoft and Compaq; a constitutional challenge to the federal Cable Act; and a $550 million litigation matter involving the Six Flags theme park chain.

Mr. Bogart came to Time Warner from Cravath, where he was a litigator representing companies such as IBM, GE and Time Warner. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Glenavy Capital, an international investment firm whose projects included Churchill Ventures, a publicly-traded media and technology investment vehicle of which he also served as Chief Executive Officer, as well as the Glenavy Arbitration Investment Fund, a pioneering litigation finance vehicle. He began his professional career as an investment banker with what is now JPMorgan Chase.

Mr. Bogart is a member of the Board of Advisors of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, a Director of the International Legal Finance Association, a member of the Board of Trustees of Hackley School, Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals of Briarcliff Manor, New York, and a member of the Board of Advisors of New York City’s Legal Aid Society.

Mr. Bogart graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Law of the University of Western Ontario, where he was the gold medalist. He served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of Ontario.

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Robert Gillespie has served as a director on the Board since May 2020. Mr. Gillespie also serves as a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee.

Mr. Gillespie was most recently the Director General of the UK Takeover Panel. He had a lengthy career as an investment banker, spending more than 25 years at UBS and its predecessors in a range of senior positions, including Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, EMEA and Joint Global Head of Investment Banking, while also serving on the Group Managing Board and the Management Committee for many years. Mr. Gillespie started his career as a Chartered Accountant at PwC.

Mr. Gillespie is currently a director of NatWest Group plc (formerly known as Royal Bank of Scotland plc) and certain of its principal subsidiary companies, including NatWest Holdings Ltd. and Ulster Bank Ltd. He has previously served as a director of Citizens Financial Group and Ashurst, a law firm, and as the chairman of the board of directors of Boat Race Company Ltd., Somerset House Trust and the Council of Durham University, from which he graduated with a degree in economics.

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Christopher Halmy has served as a director on the Board since May 2022. Mr. Halmy also serves as a member of the Audit Committee.

Most recently, Mr. Halmy was the Chief Financial Officer of Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY), where he led the multinational initial public offering for the company and was responsible for Ally Financial Inc.’s $25 billion investment portfolio. Before that, Mr. Halmy worked in various finance, accounting and treasury roles at JP Morgan, Bank of America and MBNA. He began his career as an auditor at Deloitte.

Mr. Halmy also serves as the non-executive chairman and chair of the audit committee of Mercury® Financial LLC and is a non-executive director of Mosaic Sustainable Finance Corp. He has previously served as a non-executive director of Spectrum Automotive Holdings Corporation prior to its sale in 2021.

Mr. Halmy earned his MBA and undergraduate degrees from Villanova University, where he currently serves as a member of the Provost Advisory Board. He is a Certified Public Accountant and also serves on the McColl Business School board at Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Andrea Muller has served as a director on the Board since December 2020. Ms. Muller also serves as a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee.

Ms. Muller was most recently an Executive Director and Global Head Institutional Business at Principal Global Investors, where she was previously Chief Executive Officer of Asia. Before that, Ms. Muller was a Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific for Fitch Ratings and a Managing Director at UBS in both Singapore and Paris. She began her career at Shearman & Sterling, where she worked as a corporate lawyer in both New York and Paris. Ms. Muller has served as a senior advisor to Forward Risk and Intelligence LLC, a firm focused on corporate investigations, since April 2020 and has served as a non-executive director of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co since May 2021.

Ms. Muller’s law degree is from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on the Law Review, as is her undergraduate degree (cum laude), from its School of Foreign Service. Ms. Muller also received a Masters in European Union Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

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Charles Parkinson has served as a director on the Board since Burford’s inception in 2009. Mr. Parkinson also serves as the chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee.

Mr. Parkinson is a director of a private Guernsey investment company, Mapeley Limited (owned by the Fortress Investment Group). Mr. Parkinson has served as a People’s Deputy in the States of Guernsey for all but three years since 2004. He was Treasury Minister from 2008 to 2012 and is a past President of both the Committee for Economic Development and the States Trading Supervisory Board. Mr. Parkinson was also a director of Bailiwick Investments Limited, which is quoted on The International Stock Exchange.

Mr. Parkinson is a past partner and director of PKF (Guernsey) Limited, accountants and fiduciaries. Mr. Parkinson is also a qualified barrister and holds a Master’s degree in Law from Cambridge University. Mr. Parkinson has been called to the Bar in London and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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John Sievwright has served as a director on the Board since May 2020. Mr. Sievwright also serves as the chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee.

Mr. Sievwright is the former Chief Operating Officer, International, of Merrill Lynch. Mr. Sievwright had a 20-year career with Merrill Lynch with a range of global leadership positions, including Chief Operating Officer, Global Markets and Investment Banking; President and Chief Operating Officer, Merrill Lynch Japan; and Head of Global Financial Futures and Options (during which time he also served as the President of the Futures Industry Association). Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Sievwright held finance and accounting functions at Bankers Trust and the Bank of Tokyo. He began his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Mr. Sievwright also serves as a trustee and chairman of the audit committee for a number of Aberdeen Standard Investments closed end funds and as a non-executive director and the chairman of the risk committee of Revolut, a financial services company. He is also the chairman of Buyside Trading Solutions. Mr. Sievwright has previously served as the senior independent director and chairman of the audit and risk committee at ICAP plc (currently NEX Group plc) and the senior independent director and chairman of the audit committee of FirstGroup plc. He has an MA in accountancy and economics from the University of Aberdeen.