Sonia Low is the General Counsel of The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc., a publicly-traded, global hospitality company and the creator of the international restaurant brand STK®. In addition to developing, owning and operating upscale, high-energy restaurants and lounges, The ONE Group provides turn-key food and beverage services – ONE Hospitality® – for hotels, casinos and other high-end locations globally, such as the W Hotel, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Gansevoort Hotel Group, Hippodrome Casino, ME Hotels and Hyatt Hotels. As General Counsel, Sonia oversees the legal affairs of the company and its subsidiaries and affiliates. Prior to joining The ONE Group, she was the first General Counsel and in-house lawyer of Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC), a large not-for-profit organization serving the Chinese-American, immigrant and low-income communities of New York City. At CPC, she advised on matters including corporate governance, labor and employment law, real estate law, regulatory compliance, commercial matters and litigation. She created company-wide policies and procedures while integrating the legal department with the daily operations of the company.
Ms. Low began her career at a major international law firm where she specialized in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. While working at the law firm for five years, she spent one year at the Paris office advising European clients on U.S. securities, employment, tax, litigation, and insurance laws. Ms. Low also led pro bono projects representing not-for-profit organizations such as Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Ms. Low’s industry experience includes prior representation of companies such as Benihana and Patina Restaurant Group, at which she facilitated the acquisition of The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group restaurants outside of New York. She has also served as in-house counsel at Credit Suisse where she represented private equity groups on legal and compliance matters, and at Automatic Data Processing, Inc. where she advised on securities laws and regulatory and compliance issues.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Low served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Low received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School where she was a merit-based scholarship recipient and managing editor of The Journal of International Law. Ms. Low received her B.A. in English from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Sonia currently also serves on the board of directors of Apex for Youth and is a member of the Enhance Diversity in the Profession Committee at the New York City Bar Association. A native of New York City, Sonia received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A from Barnard College, Columbia University.