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Chiz Nwokonkor
Associate
London +44 20 7067 2267 cnwokonkor@cov.com Download V-card

Chiz Nwokonkor is an experienced litigator, trade controls and investigations lawyer, having previously been a junior diplomat assigned to the UN security council with a portfolio encompassing several sanctions regimes. Her practice involves advising in the areas of economic sanctions, bribery and corruption, money laundering as well as fraud and international asset tracing.

She acts for a number of high profile corporates in relation to sanctions and export controls compliance around technology transfer, acquisitions/joint ventures and other aspects of international trade. Her practice extends to dispute resolution for financial institutions clients.

  • Advised an automotive sector major in the context of an internal bribery and corruption investigation.
  • Conducted a global bribery and corruption risk assessment for a real estate multinational Real estate.
  • Led a fraud and corruption investigation for an FMCG corporate in Mozambique.
  • Advised a business in the context of an Insolvency Service investigation.
  • Ongoing EU sanctions and export controls advice to energy sector clients.
  • Led on a UK Commercial Court letter of credit dispute for a car manufacturer.
  • Advising on sanctions and anti-corruption provisions for a range of corporates.
  • Delivered advice on compliance with the UK Criminal Finances Act 2017.
  • Ongoing advice to corporate clients on managing their risks relating to Russia sanctions.
  • Successfully led a high value derivatives dispute tried in Commercial Court, 2014 (UBS AG v. Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig [2014] EWHC 3615.
  • Led a successful UK Commercial Court litigation concerning the selling of structured products Plurimi v. Al Sulaiman (2013).
  • Developed and delivered training for several clients in relation to anti-money laundering, bribery and corruption and sanctions.

Pro Bono

  • Represented defendant in a test case on the English law of privacy before the UK Court of Appeal (D v. L [2003] EWCA 1169).
  • Willow v. UK Information Commissioner and UK Ministry of Justice - represented a children's rights campaigner, in preparing and lodging an appeal to the UK Supreme Court adverse to the UK Ministry of Justice and the UK Information Commissioner's Office.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) Committee Member