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Dr. Chudozie Okongwu

Senior Vice President

Contact

New York City
Tel: +1 212 345 5003
Fax: +1 212 345 4650

London
Tel: +44 20 7659 8568
Fax: +44 20 7659 8501

Email: chudozie.okongwu@nera.com
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Education

PhD and MA in economics, University of California, Berkeley
SB in economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Experience

Dr. Okongwu
is the Head of NERA's European Finance, Litigation, and Dispute Resolution Group. He directs projects in the areas of securities economics, finance, and valuation. He has submitted expert evidence in venues including English High Court, Irish High Court, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, and US federal and state courts. He has also testified in international arbitration, including in the ICC International Court of Arbitration, in the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and ad hoc arbitrations, as well as giving evidence in US domestic arbitration forums including Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations and the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

Dr. Okongwu has testified and consulted on matters involving the valuation of various derivatives, fixed income and equity products, and exotic financial structures. He has carried out analyses focused on the forced liquidation of securities positions and the termination of OTC derivative positions. He also has substantial experience on matters involving risk management.

Dr. Okongwu has led engagements assessing the risks and profitability of hedge fund trading strategies and the effects on investors of the alleged mis-marking of fund portfolios. He has been retained in numerous other matters involving hedge funds and mutual funds, including civil and regulatory cases concerning allegations of market abuse, including insider trading and market manipulation.

In addition, Dr. Okongwu has worked extensively on matters involving subprime and structured finance securities, and is the co-author of an econometric study on the impact of securitization for the American Securitization Forum. Dr. Okongwu has also directed projects involving the analysis of best execution practices. In addition, he has testified in mediations and arbitrations involving allegations of mis-selling of a variety of financial instruments including equities, derivatives, and fixed income products.

Prior to joining NERA, Dr. Okongwu was a member of Banque Paribas’s Fixed Income Emerging Markets team in London and New York. His responsibilities included the analysis of the economies and sovereign assets of countries in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In this capacity, he provided the firm’s traders and clients with inter- and intra-country asset recommendations. He was also responsible for trading some local currency instruments and for marketing a broad range of products including bonds, loans, OTC options, and credit derivatives.

Dr. Okongwu holds a PhD and MA in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an SB in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Okongwu has published articles in The Journal of Structured Finance, the International Journal of Finance & Economics, and Wall Street Lawyer.

Title Type Author
Foreclosure Suspensions and Other Mortgage Disputes Working Paper By Timothy McKenna and Dr. Chudozie Okongwu
Study of the Impact of Securitization on Consumers, Investors, Financial Institutions... Study By Dr. Faten Sabry and Dr. Chudozie Okongwu
How Did We Get Here? The Story of the Credit Crisis Published Article By Dr. Faten Sabry and Dr. Chudozie Okongwu
Liability for Misstatements to the Market and the Role of Expert Economic Testimony -... Report By Dr. Chudozie Okongwu
(Market) Timing Is (Not) Everything Published Article By Dr. Chudozie Okongwu with former NERA Senior Vice President Dr. Fred Dunbar
Inflation Methodologies in Securities Fraud Cases: Theory and Practice Working Paper By Dr. Chudozie Okongwu and Dr. David Tabak