Biography

Lucinda A. Low is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she heads the firm's Chambers-ranked FCPA and anti-corruption practice and its Compliance, Investigations, Trade and Enforcement Department, and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Her practice focuses on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws, as well as other international regulatory compliance issues for multinational businesses, as well as multijurisdictional regulatory and enforcement matters. Ms. Low has extensive experience in internal and government investigations, representing companies, Audit Committees and Board of Directors, and individuals in enforcement matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the World Bank and other international financial institutions and foreign authorities. Ms. Low's practice also includes compliance counselling and advice, representation in disputes between commercial parties and host governments, including disputes involving issues of fraud and corruption.  She received a #1 Ranking, Chambers Global 2010-2017, International Trade: FCPA Experts.  Ms. Low is listed in Best Lawyers in America 2012-2018, International Arbitration: Government and International Trade and Finance Law. Ms. Low is in Washington, DC Super Lawyers, International, 2014-2018.

Ms. Low is the Immediate Past President of the American Society of International Law, the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Integrity (formerly known as Transparency International-USA) and serves on its Executive Committee, and was the first woman to chair the ABA Section of International Law.  She has received numerous awards for her work. Most recently, in 2017, she received the Outstanding Career award from the Global Investigations Review, which in 2015 named her to its “Women in Investigations:  One Hundred Investigation Specialists from Around the World.” 

Ms. Low was appointed in 2017 by the President of the World Bank to the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID); and in 2016 was appointed by President Obama to the ICSID Panel of Conciliators.  She currently sits as President of two ICSID arbitration tribunals and is a member of an annulment committee in a third case.  She also serves on the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Public International Law.  She also has significant experience as counsel in investor-state and commercial arbitration proceedings, and as an expert witness in disputes raising bribery and corruption and related issues.

Ms. Low was Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Law Review in 1976-77.  I addition to her J.D. from UCLA Law School, she holds a B.A. from Pomona College, where she designed an inter-disciplinary major in Latin American Studies and Economics.  Ms. Low speaks Portuguese, Spanish and French, and has some knowledge of Russian, Italian and Japanese.

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