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Tzoulas joins Bentham IMF as legal counsel

Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 1:45 PM | By John Chunn


Nickolas Tzoulas, a seventh-year lawyer from the litigation and dispute resolution group of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, has joined Bentham IMF as legal counsel. His hire comes 18 months after Naomi Loewith, a litigator from Lenczner Slaght LLP, became the company’s first investment manager in Canada.

In his new role, Tzoulas assesses the merits of commercial disputes submitted for funding and advises Bentham IMF whether its investment criteria have been met. Once a matter is funded, Tzoulas uses his years of experience as a corporate-commercial litigator, adjunct law professor and in-house counsel to provide thoughtful analysis and strategic input as the case progresses. Ultimately, he acts as a trusted resource for the litigant and their counsel — one who appreciates the financial complexity and legal nuances at issue in the dispute.

Tzoulas brings a wealth of relevant experience to the role. During his time practising at Blakes, he appeared as counsel before various arbitration tribunals, administrative bodies and courts, including three appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada.

In recent years, he has also taught upper-year contract remedies at Osgoode Hall Law School, worked in-house with the litigation teams at both Scotiabank and Royal Bank of Canada and provided free advice and representation for clients of Pro Bono Law Ontario.

Prior to practising, Tzoulas clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justices Ian Binnie and Michael Moldaver. He holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa, where he ranked third in his class, and a bachelor of arts from McGill University, where he was awarded the Scarlet Key.