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Owen Pell represents and advises clients on a broad range of litigation matters. He draws on years of experience and knowledge to lead clients through numerous complex commercial matters including litigation relating to the extraterritorial reach of US law, securities litigation, RICO litigation, litigation involving foreign sovereigns and their state-owned entities, and cases involving issues of public international law.
Owen has extensive experience representing financial institutions and companies in connection with government investigations and the litigation that may arise from those investigations. He has conducted internal investigations with regard to the FCPA, fraud, lender liability, and historical reparation issues.
Owen has been involved in a number of high profile cases. He represented Deutsche Bank and UBS in class action, securities and bankruptcy litigation relating to the collapse of Enron, and has represented corporations, including the major Russian oil company, TNK-BP, a large Kazakh bank, and multiple sovereigns with regard to transnational claims.
Owen has also handled major cases in the area of corporate social responsibility. He represented Citigroup in class actions relating to the bank’s activities in South Africa during the apartheid era, and JP Morgan Chase in class actions relating to a predecessor bank’s alleged connections to African slavery in the United States. He also represented major U.S. and French banks, and an agency of the French state, in class actions arising from the activities of banks in France during World War II, and participated in the successful negotiations between the US and France to resolve these cases. He also represented the Republic of Peru in a case which resulted in Yale University returning artifacts from Machu Picchu.
Owen has lectured widely on a variety of issues. He was invited to lecture at the SEC on the changing nature of financial institution liability, and gave a TED talk on “Diplomacy 2.0”, discussing the ways in which multinational companies and NGOs are changing how international legal norms are formed.
Owen also has endowed an honors thesis program at Binghamton University. The program allows a select group of students in the Philosophy, Politics and Law department to spend a year writing thesis papers that are then defended and a thesis prize is awarded.
Last updated October 2018