Cynthia Lo Bessette oversees the Legal, Compliance and Internal Audit functions at OppenheimerFunds Inc. and supervises the provision of legal, compliance and audit services to all of the company’s business units.
Cynthia joined OppenheimerFunds in March 2015 as Deputy General Counsel and became General Counsel in February 2016. Before she came to OppenheimerFunds, Cynthia was Deputy Chief Legal Officer at Jennison Associates, an asset management affiliate of Prudential Financial.
Cynthia has extensive experience working with asset management firms investing globally across asset classes and serving a worldwide investor base, including retail and institutional investors. She has broad experience advising global asset managers on strategic transactions and a wide range of legal and compliance, product development, distribution, and portfolio management matters involving U.S. and foreign regulations and local market practices.
Cynthia began her career as an associate in a large law firm and later joined the inhouse Legal Department of Scudder Investments. She then held a series of inhouse legal positions with increasing responsibility at UBS Global Asset Management, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Mercer Investments, and Lord, Abbett & Co.
Cynthia received her law degree from the Fordham University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree, with honors, in East Asian Studies and Economics from The University of Michigan.