Karen is a corporate partner and leads the corporate team in Manchester. Karen has extensive experience advising both private and public companies on a wide breadth of M&A transactions including acquisitions and disposals, complex international and cross-border deals, equity investment, compliance and corporate governance. 

She also acts for brokers, NOMADs and companies on flotations and secondary issues and public company M&A.

Karen acts for clients across a wide range of sectors and has developed particular expertise working with businesses in the hotels & leisure, retail, technology, manufacturing and financial services sectors.

Recent experience includes advising:

  • YFM Equity Partners, the specialist private equity fund manager, on its investment in the £9million transaction into Manchester-based business telecoms infrastructure company 4net Technologies Ltd.
  • North West wholesaler and distributor for SPAR, James Hall & Company Limited on its acquisition of North East Convenience Stores Limited, which operates 30 shops under the Nisa and Bargain Booze brands.
  • London-based investor Downing LLP and a new management team made up of three experienced hotel operators in their acquisition of Dunkeld House, an historic four star hotel in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Malvern International plc on its acquisition of Communicate English School in Manchester and admission of consideration shares to trading on AIM.

Karen joined Shoosmiths in July 2010 as a founder member of the Shoosmiths Corporate team in Manchester.


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