Dr. Chudozie Okongwu

Managing Director


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

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

Email: chudozie.okongwu@nera.com
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PhD and MA in economics, University of California, Berkeley
SB in economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Dr Chudozie Okongwu is the Head of NERA’s European Finance, Litigation, and Dispute Resolution Group. He has been retained in hundreds of matters, directing projects in the areas of economics, finance, and valuation.

Dr Okongwu has provided expert evidence in venues including the High Court of Justice Chancery Division (UK), High Court of Justice Queen’s Bench Division Technology and Construction Court (UK), Southwark Crown Court (UK), High Court of Ireland, Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, and US federal, state, and bankruptcy courts. He has also testified in international arbitrations in various forums, including in 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. He has given evidence in US domestic arbitration forums including Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and its predecessor, the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), Federal Arbitration, Inc., New York Stock Exchange Inc. Department of Arbitration, and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Dr Okongwu is listed in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration Expert Witness and Who’s Who Legal: Consulting Experts.

Dr Okongwu 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 on 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 mis-marking of fund portfolios. He has consulted on the forced liquidation of securities positions and the termination of over-the-counter (OTC) derivative positions. Dr Okongwu has been retained in many other matters involving hedge funds and mutual funds, including civil and regulatory matters concerning allegations of market abuse, including insider trading and market manipulation. He has also worked extensively on matters involving subprime and structured finance securities.  He is a co-author of an econometric study on the impact of securitization for the American Securitization Forum.

Dr Okongwu is the lead author of “Credit Derivatives and Mortgage-Backed Securities” in The Handbook of Mortgage-Backed Securities (Frank J. Fabozzi, ed., 2016), and has authored articles in The Journal of Structured Finance, the International Journal of Finance & Economics, and Wall Street Lawyer.

Prior to joining NERA, Dr Okongwu was a member of Banque Paribas’s Fixed Income Emerging Markets team in London and New York. Dr Okongwu holds a PhD and 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. Dr Okongwu received his SB in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Title Type Author
The Handbook of Mortgage-Backed Securities, 7th Edition Book Edited by Dr. Frank J. Fabozzi
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