Lucia R. Berkowitz is an Associate Managing Director and Head of Operations for the Investigations and Disputes practice, based in the Miami office. With more than 15 years of consulting experience in complex matters, Lucia has managed a wide range of domestic and international investigations since she joined Kroll in 2004.
She has led and participated in a number of assignments, including asset searches and recovery, litigation support, internal fraud investigations, pre-transaction due diligence investigations, business and competitive intelligence matters, and anti-money laundering (AML) evaluations, serving law firms and corporate and financial clients in LATAM, the United States, EMEA, and Asia.
Prior to joining Kroll, Lucia served as an Account Manager in Amicorp Curacao, a global trust company, where she developed, marketed, and managed complex corporate investment structures involving zero-tax corporations, real estate planning, and trading structures. Before that, she worked for Exelon, one of the largest public utility companies in the United States, providing legal advice to the Associate General Counsel on regulatory issues arising from the $7.8 billion merger of two regional utility companies.
For several years, Lucia practiced law as an Associate Attorney with the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie in Caracas, Venezuela. There she negotiated privatization and joint venture projects for several Fortune 500 multinational corporations and coordinated due diligence for more than 25 mergers and acquisitions for clients in the financial, energy, and telecommunications industries.
Lucia has managed several intelligence-gathering assignments, primarily on behalf of investors, conducting enhanced due diligence or analyzing the opportunities and risks associated with particular investments.
When Kroll was retained by a U.S. public company with operations around the world, Lucia was part of a team that investigated breaches of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act legislation by some of the client’s local subsidiaries and partners.
Lucia also conducts AML compliance evaluations for financial institutions in the Caribbean and Latin American region, including providing AML training for employees, senior management, and boards of directors in the financial sector.
Education & Certifications
- Master of Law (LLM), Temple University
- Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, Law Degree, cum laude
Affiliations & Memberships
- Member of the Caracas Bar Association since 1996
- Member of the Venezuelan American National Bar Association since 2014