Karen is a partner in the Corporate & Commercial Team. She is a business lawyer with nearly 20 years’ experience in working closely with business owners. Before she became a lawyer, Karen spent 5 years working for patent agents in Germany.
Karen's work covers everything to do with business ownership. This includes: sorting out arrangements between co-shareholders and business partners; reorganising company ownership structures; helping people to grow their business through investment or by buying bolt-on businesses; and working with business owners to achieve their goal of successfully selling their business – and then maybe starting another one.
Much of Karen's work involves buying and selling businesses. She acts for both buyers and sellers and works on about 20 deals a year with deal values ranging up to about £15m. Over the years Karen has been involved in a number of management buy-outs, including most recently the private equity-backed buy-out Hydralectric Group Limited.
Karen also works closely with start-up businesses, helping them with their ownership structures and early stage fund-raising. This is an area which Karen finds particularly rewarding.
Karen's has been involved – as the lead legal adviser for the sellers – in two deals which have won Insider Deal of the Year; in 2006 and again in 2017. She has also been recognised as a ‘leader” in her field’ by both of the leading UK legal directories Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.
Involvement with the community and associations
Karen has recently joined the board of local charity, Stripey Stork.
Something you may not know
Karen loves to travel and is always looking forward to her next trip – be it Cuba or Oban.
Karen speaks fluent French and German and enough Spanish to order a meal and a drink.
Former shareholder of Hydralectric
Thank you very much for all your hard work with regard to the sale of Hydra. It’s the end of an era for our family but you gave us all a lot of confidence that no wool was being pulled over our eyes and you carried it out in the most professional and calm manner that kept many nerves from fraying