Partner & Managing Director, London
NEW YORK (August 4, 2020) - AlixPartners, announced today that Chudozie Okongwu, PhD has joined the firm as a Managing Director in its Investigations, Disputes & Risk practice. He is working from AlixPartners’ London and New York offices.
Dr Okongwu specializes in areas of economics, finance, and valuation. He has assisted clients with internal investigations and with responses to formal investigations by regulatory agencies. He has testified and consulted on matters concerning the valuation, trading, and risk characteristics of a range of derivatives, fixed income and equity products, and exotic financial structures. Dr Okongwu has also testified numerous times on the alleged mis-selling of financial products. He has assessed the risks and profitability of hedge fund trading strategies and the effects on investors of mismarking of fund portfolios. He has also consulted on the forced liquidation of securities positions and the termination of over-the-counter (OTC) derivative positions.
Dr Okongwu has provided expert evidence in venues including the High Court of Justice Chancery Division (UK); the High Court of Justice Business and Property Courts of England and Wales (Technology and Construction Court); Southwark Crown Court (UK); the High Court of Ireland; the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands; and US federal, state, and bankruptcy courts. He has also testified in international arbitrations in various forums including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as well as in arbitration proceedings brought under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and ad hoc arbitrations. Dr Okongwu has given evidence in US domestic arbitration forums including the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and its predecessor the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), Federal Arbitration, the New York Stock Exchange, the Department of Arbitration, and the American Arbitration Association (AAA).
Prior to joining AlixPartners, Dr Okongwu was a managing director and the head of NERA’s European finance, litigation, and dispute resolution group. He is listed in the international Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration Expert Witness and Who’s Who Legal: Consulting Experts, and he is a member of the P.R.I.M.E. Finance panel of experts. He holds a PhD and an MA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. His doctoral dissertation focused on the determinants and consequences of volatile portfolio capital flows to emerging market countries.
“We welcome Chudozie to our team at AlixPartners,” said Simon Freakley, CEO of AlixPartners. “As our Investigations, Disputes, and Risk consulting group continues to grow and client demands are increasingly complex and urgent, Chudozie’s extensive experience in investigations, valuation, and damages, along with his international experience, will be of great value to our clients.”