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Owen Pell advises clients on a broad range of high-profile litigations. He draws on years of experience and knowledge to lead clients through complex commercial matters including litigation relating to the extraterritorial reach of US law, securities fraud, RICO claims, matters involving foreign sovereigns and their state-owned entities, and cases involving issues of public international law. He also has conducted internal investigations with regard to the FCPA, fraud, lender liability, and historical reparation issues.
He represented Deutsche Bank and UBS in class action securities and bankruptcy litigation relating to the collapse of Enron, and has represented corporations, including a major Russian oil company, a large Kazakh bank, and multiple sovereigns in transnational commercial litigation.
Owen has also handled major cases involving corporate social responsibility. He represented a major US bank in class actions relating to the bank's activities in South Africa during the apartheid era, and another major US bank in class actions relating to alleged connections to African slavery in the United States. He also represented major US 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, including a lecture at the SEC on the changing nature of financial institution liability, and a TED talk on "Diplomacy 2.0," discussing the ways in which multinational companies and NGOs are changing how international legal norms are formed.
In his pro bono work, Owen formulated a proposal endorsed by the European Parliament for creating a title-clearing and dispute resolution entity to address claims to art looted from individuals during the Holocaust. Owen is the Chairman of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, and assists on projects supporting training programs for government officials relating to the prevention of genocide and mass atrocity crimes.
Last Updated 20th September 2017