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Karen Friebe

Karen Friebe
Karen Friebe is a Partner in Bird & Bird’s international Real Estate Group, and also leads the firm’s international Hotels, Hospitality and Leisure team. She specialises in the acquisition, development and disposal of all types of hotels, and in the negotiation of hotel management agreements.

Karen and her team buy, sell and develop hotels, as well as negotiate hotel franchise agreements, hotel management agreements and related documents, such as IP licences and technical services agreements. In recent years, Karen has successfully concluded a number of high-profile M&A transactions and hotel management agreements in London and globally.

Karen is listed in the legal directories as an expert in the Hotels & Leisure sector, and she is a regular panellist at industry conferences such as the International Hospitality Investment Forum. Karen is one of the founder members of Real Estate Balance, which works to address the gender imbalance in the real estate sector, and the Chair of its Talent and Development Committee. She is also a member of Women in Hospitality Global, which supports and provides mentoring opportunities for women hoping to further their careers in hospitality.