Litigation & Arbitration


Chloe Pawson-Pounds is a partner in Brown Rudnick’s International Disputes team. 

Chloe has a wide range of experience acting for individuals and companies facing civil, regulatory and criminal investigations and litigation.  Chloe’s practice has a particular focus on FCA enforcement matters and she regularly represents clients through all of the different stages of the Regulator’s investigation process, including before decision making committees and the external Tribunal.  She has advised on and attended matters heard before Parliamentary Commissions and Committees, including matters pertaining to conduct within the banking industry, and has significant experience in High Court litigation related to complex financial issues, as well as judicial reviews of decisions taken by financial regulators and high value contractual disputes.  She was a member of the “pugnacious and effective” Brown Rudnick team who acted for a Dutch pension fund against Goldman Sachs (Legal 500, 2014).  She has acted for individuals facing criminal investigations by the SFO and HMRC and has advised on matters involving concurrent investigations by foreign regulators in jurisdictions which have included the US, Iraq and Monaco.  

Chloe is a Solicitor-Advocate with rights of audience in all civil proceedings in the higher courts.


Currently acting for a high profile individual in relation to an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority into the collapse of a major UK bank during the financial crisis.

Currently leading a judicial review of decisions taken by a financial regulator.

Currently acting for a former senior manager of a major retail bank in relation to an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority into alleged misconduct and/or lack of fitness and propriety.

Acted for the former chairman and CEO of a global financial services firm in relation to the inquiry by the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards into the LIBOR scandal.

Successfully acted for a large consumer credit firm in respect of its contested application for authorisation by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Acted for Dutch pension fund and related parties against Goldman Sachs in a claim for damages in the region of €250 million arising from breaches of a fiduciary investment mandate. (Stichting Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds Voor Het Beroepesvervoer Over de Weg & Ors. v Goldman Sachs Asset Management International Limited).

Acted for a Bulgarian entity in relation to its substantial claim for damages against a major European banking group.

Successfully defended a market leader biotechnology venture capitalist in relation to a four year investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

Acted for the largest foreign investment fund in the Russian Federation in relation to a series of complex frauds perpetrated against it across multi jurisdictions that led to the theft of assets valued at US$230 million and to the largest fraud in history against the Russian Federation State budget.

Acted for the former CEO of an AIM listed company facing allegations of fraud in the context of an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

Acted for four individual investors facing a criminal investigation by HMRC into the bona fides of a complex tax avoidance scheme.

Acted for a high profile individual facing allegations of conspiracy, fraudulent trading and money laundering and subject to a Restraint Order in the context of an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office concerning the activities of a group of companies incorporated in the UK and Hong Kong and their activities in Thailand and Cambodia.


BPP Law School – Bar Vocational Course, 2007
University of Exeter – GDL, 2006

Bar Admissions

Solicitor, England and Wales, 2009
Called to the Bar of England and Wales (Non Practicing Barrister), 2007
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