Overview

Eric Lewis practices in the areas of international litigation and arbitration, serious fraud, banking, international insolvency and complex securities litigation.  He has had a central role in disputes arising out of virtually all of the major international fraud and financial collapses of the last quarter century, including serving as counsel to the liquidators of Bank of Credit and Commerce International, Laker Airways, Carlyle Capital, Madoff International, China Medical and Akai Electronics. He has served as lead counsel in numerous cases involving collateralized debt obligations and other complex asset backed securities.  He served as Global Legal Coordinator in a multinational dispute arising from the largest fraud in the history of the Middle East.  He has also represented clients in major class action litigation, including Enron, WorldCom, and Visa/MasterCard.  He advises and litigates on behalf of international banks and their owners facing regulatory challenges in the United States, banking resolution entities in Europe, as well as hedge funds and large family-owned Middle East conglomerates.  He has advised major international clients in the automobile, energy, aviation, hospitality and beverage industries. He also represents a number of sovereign governments. He has served as an expert on extradition and enforcement of judgments.

Professional Affiliations

  • Elected Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center
  • Door Tenant, Goldsmith Chambers. London
  • Honorary Overseas Member of the Commercial Bar Association of England and Wales
  • Elected Member of the American Law Institute
  • Chairman, Reprieve US
  • Observer with Special Consultative Status, 61st Meeting of United Nations High Commission on Human Rights, Geneva
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Representative Matters

  • Represented the Liquidators of BCCI in what was the largest bank collapse, largest multinational fraud and largest restitution in history.
  • Represented Australian hedge fund in a series of cases against major NY investment banks in fraud claims relating to Collateralized Debt Obligations.
  • Represented owner of Argentine airports in ICC arbitration regarding purchase of duty free stores.
  • Expert on behalf of senior FIFA official involving extradition proceedings.
  • Represents large Saudi merchant family in litigation against banks and others in $10 billion fraud.
  • Represents two global charities in 9/11 litigation.
  • Represents majority shareholders of European Bank in litigation against US Government for wrongful closure under USA Patriot Act.
  • Represents largest financial institution in Yemen in U.S. sanctions proceedings.
  • Represented dissident shareholder in dispute over management of international bank.
  • Represented two Kuwaiti detainees in Periodic Review Board hearings at Guantánamo and obtained their clearance for release and repatriation.
  • Represented Chinese company in liquidation in dispute regarding internal investigation undertaken prior to collapse.
  • Represented prominent Venezuelan businessman in litigation surrounding collapse of investment fund.
  • Represented former British detainees in civil claims for torture and religious abuse at Guantanamo.
  • Represented Egyptian conglomerate in construction arbitration against US  Army Corps of Engineers.
  • Advised South American governments with respect to ICSID liability.

Publications & Events

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Education

  • Yale Law School (J.D. 1983), Article and Book Review Editor of the Yale Law Journal
  • Cambridge University (M. Phil., Fulbright Scholar, 1980)
  • Princeton University (A.B. 1979)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Ninth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, the Southern District of New York, and the Eastern District of New York