Raising the Bar:

The Door Between Public and Private Sectors

May 11, 2016



Katy Choo
Chief Investigative & Anti-Corruption Counsel
General Electric

Katy Choo specializes in government and internal investigations in complex criminal and regulatory matters, compliance initiatives of the Company, and preventative law. She also serves as primary compliance counsel to GE's mergers and acquisitions transactions team and to the Company's global security organization. Katy also has primary responsibility for counseling GE's businesses with respect to anti-corruption efforts globally relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery laws. She is also a member of GE's Policy Compliance Review Board (PCRB), which oversees the Company's strategic imperatives with respect to compliance. 

From 2009-2012, Katy was one of three national leaders of GE's Asian Pacific American Forum (APAF). As such, Katy and her co-leaders drove APAF's national vision for the Company and represented APAF at GE's Corporate Diversity Council. During their tenure, the Forum competed for, and won, Asia Society's top ranking as a "best-in-class employer" of Asian-Pacific Islander talent in the US and earned Asia Society's "Most Innovative Practices ERG Award" 2 years in a row.

In July 2014, Katy was recognized in by Inside Counsel as part of that year's "R-3-100"- 100 top female lawyers ready to become general counsels of Fortune 500 companies within three years. She is a 2012 recipient of the Asian-American Business Development Center's "Top 25 Asian Americans in Business" Award and a 2010 recipient of the Asian-American Bar Association of NY's "Corporate Counsel Leadership Award." She is also a 2009 recipient of GE Legal's "Diversity Leadership Award."

Katy joined GE in 2003 after serving as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she was Chief of the General Crimes Unity and a Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division. As a federal prosecutor, she specialized in prosecutions of white-collar offenses. She twice received DOJ's Director's Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA, in connection with her work prosecuting major securities fraud, money laundering and government program fraud cases. She is also a recipient of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers' Association's Group Achievement Award. During her tenure in government, Katy tried a dozen federal criminal trials to verdict and argued a dozen appeals in the Second Circuit. Prior to her work as a federal prosecutor, she worked as an associate specializing in complex civil litigation at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. 

Katy is a graduate of Wellesley College (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Woodrow Wilson Prize) and Columbia School of Law (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). 


Christina Lee
Deputy General Counsel

Christina Lee is Deputy General Counsel at AIG, where she serves as chief counsel to several Personal Insurance product towers and as a member of the senior management team. She provides legal and regulatory advice on strategic business ventures, multinational commercial transactions, product development and multi-channel distribution.

Prior to joining AIG in 2008, Ms. Lee served as Assistant General Counsel for AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., where she handled corporate transactions, regulatory matters and litigation management. For several years, Ms. Lee served as counsel for the New York State Insurance Department, Liquidation Bureau, where she represented state insurance commissioners as statutory receiver of insolvent insurance companies. In private practice, Ms. Lee handled an array of  complex commercial litigation and insurance coverage disputes in state and federal courts. Ms. Lee is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Ms. Lee received her J.D. from Temple University School of Law and B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was an Edward Frank Kraft Scholar. Ms. Lee served on the Board of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and currently serves as a Director of the Board of the New York Property Insurance Underwriting Association.




The Hon. Peggy Kuo
United States Magistrate Judge
Eastern District of New York

Magistrate Judge Kuo was appointed on October 9, 2015.  

Judge Kuo clerked for the Honorable Judith W. Rogers with the D.C. Court of Appeals.  From 1989 until 1993, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia. From 1994 to 1998, she was a trial attorney and then Acting Deputy Chief of the Civil Rights Division Criminal Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she investigated and prosecuted hate crimes and allegations of police misconduct throughout the United States.  From 1998 to 2002, Judge Kuo prosecuted war crimes and crimes against humanity at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.  Her historic trial regarding mass rape in Bosnia became the subject of the documentary film, “I Came To Testify,” part of the series Women, War and Peace.

Upon her return to New York, Judge Kuo became litigation counsel at WilmerHale, LLP.  In 2005, she was appointed Chief Hearing Officer at the New York Stock Exchange, where she presided over hearings involving violations of federal securities laws.  From 2011 until her appointment to the bench, she was Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel of the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, the largest municipal tribunal in the country. 

Judge Kuo was born in Taiwan and moved to the United States at the age of three.  She was awarded a German Chancellor Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1993 to study the German criminal justice system.  She is President-Elect of the Federal Bar Council Inn of Court, an active member of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and former Vice-Chair of Manhattan Legal Services.

She received a B.A. summa cum laude in history from Yale University in 1985 and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988. 


Lisa Lim
Akerman LLP

Lisa focuses her practice in real estate finance and development, economic development, and affordable housing. She has extensive transactional experience including the representation of borrowers, lenders, and government agencies in the structuring, negotiation, and closing of complex transactions involving the acquisition and/or disposition, construction, development, and/or preservation of multifamily and mixed-use developments, condominiums, hotels, senior housing, and public and charter schools. Her concentration has been on deals that are public-private collaborations with an emphasis on tax exempt bonds, affordable housing, and regulatory frameworks. Lisa has served as lead counsel on a number of 80/20 projects and other prominent developments that have helped to revitalize and develop various parts of New York City. Lisa's major transactions include Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island, the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy I, and the New York Genome/University of Buffalo Genomics Center joint venture.

Lisa has negotiated and closed deals involving the following agencies: Empire State Development (ESD), New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC), the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery, New York State Housing Finance Agency (HFA), New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development (HPD), the School Construction Authority (SCA), the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. 

Lisa's area of expertise include: Affordable & Workforce Housing; EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program; Public Finance; Public-Private Partnerships; Real Estate Acquisitions & Sales; Real Estate Financing; and Senior Living Facilities.

Lisa’s previous experience has included tenures at Empire State Development where she was Senior Counsel; the New York State Housing Finance Agency where she was Assistant Counsel; the State of New York Office of the Attorney General where she was Assistant Attorney General; and the Law Department of the New York City Housing Authority where she had the titles of Honors Associate, In House Counsel in Real Estate and Economic Development.  

In 2015 and 2016, Lisa was recognized in Super Lawyers magazine as a "Super Lawyer" in Real Estate and as a "New York Metro - Top Woman Attorney in Real Estate." In 2015, Lisa was recognized by Sokol Media and NYCREW as one of the "15 Top Women to Watch in 2015" in real estate.

Lisa received her J.D. form Fordham University School of Law and her B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Wellesley College, cum laude. 




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