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Owen Hammond assists businesses in a wide range of areas including commercial, corporate, and white collar disputes, and regulatory investigations. He has experience in both internal investigations and regulatory enforcement proceedings in matters involving financial regulatory compliance, anti-competitive behaviour, allegations of fraud, violations of antibribery laws, and breaches of economic sanctions. He also represents clients in litigation in the English courts, as well as in international arbitrations. Owen represents multinational clients in industries such as financial services, retail, pharmaceuticals, technology, automotive, telecoms, energy, and insurance.
Owen works closely with Morgan Lewis’s eData practice, effecting successful techniques for managing electronic data and working with clients in all phases of electronic disclosure and investigation, including advising on preservation, collection, processing, search, review, and production-related strategies.
As an Associate at Morgan Lewis, Owen has also worked on secondment with the legal team of a London insurance market client.
Prior to qualification as a solicitor, Owen was a trainee at another leading international law firm, where he worked both in the London and Dubai offices. He also has experience in contentious legal practice at law firms in Mexico and the Cayman Islands.
Owen is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French.
Advising two UK-based financial services firms and their directors in UK Financial Conduct Authority investigations and enforcement proceedings arising from their dealings with European offshore-regulated entities, including agreeing and implementing a wide-ranging customer redress exercise.
Assisting a client during a dawn raid conducted by the UK Competition and Markets Authority under a Court warrant as part of an investigation into alleged anti-competitive agreements, and on consequential issues relating the material collated by the Authority.
Acting for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd in connection with a claim for damages against Visa in the interchange fee litigation at the High Court and the Court of Appeal. In a landmark judgment in July 2018, the Court of Appeal upheld Sainsbury’s claim that the UK MIF was an unlawful restriction of competition under UK and EU law.
Represented a US manufacturing company in responding to parallel SEC and German government authorities’ inquiries into alleged corrupt business practices.
Conducted an internal investigation for a global manufacturing company which resulted in no prosecution, administrative action, or financial penalty, following disclosures to DOJ and OFAC.
Acting for a Fortune 50 technology company in a multijurisdictional investigation by the SEC, Department of Justice, and UK Serious Fraud Office concerning the accounting practices of company acquired by our client.
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Corporate and Commercial: EU and Competition, The Legal 500 UK (2019)