Mick co-founded Calunius (with Mark Wells) in 2006. He has a degree in Mathematics and Law from Cambridge University.
Mick Smith qualified as a solicitor at Freshfields, working in London and Madrid. He then began a career in finance, working in a variety of investment banking roles at Chase Manhattan, Credit Agricole Lazard Financial Products Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort.
Mick is responsible for deal origination and execution at Calunius. This typically sees him sourcing and analysing investments in complex cross-border litigation and arbitration claims, spanning common and civil law.
These commonly include:
- commercial breach of contract cases in arbitration under ICC, LCIA, DIFC, SCC or other rules, or being heard by domestic courts;
- competition law claims following a breach of EC regulations; and
- investment treaty claims (ICSID and UNCITRAL).
Mick is the author of the chapter "Mechanics of Third-Party Funding Agreements: A Funder's Perspective" in the book "Third Party Funding in International Arbitration" by Lisa Bench Nieuwveld and Victoria Shannon (Kluwer Law, October 2012 ISBN 13: 9789041140791).