BLP strengthens Real Estate department with hire of leisure and hotels specialist

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today announced the appointment of hotels and leisure sector specialist, Karen Friebe, as a Partner in the Firm’s global Real Estate practice.

Previously a Real Estate Partner at DLA Piper in London, Karen specialises in the acquisition, development and disposal of property in the hotel and leisure sectors as well as the wider real estate sector. Karen was the Global Co-chair of DLA Piper’s Hospitality and Leisure Group and led their EMEA Hospitality and Leisure team for a number of years. Karen will add considerable strength to BLP’s offering in these sectors.

Karen will work within BLP’s Core Real Estate Group, joining the team which focuses on mergers and acquisitions, management agreements, development projects and franchising. This team has worked with BLP clients such as Balfour Beatty, Barclays, Marriott Hotels and the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Chris de Pury, Real Estate Departmental Managing Partner, said: “Karen has a wealth of experience across the real estate sector as a whole and her specific knowledge of the global hotel market will prove invaluable as we look to add further to our leading hotel and leisure offering. Karen will also be a great role model for our associates.”

Karen Friebe said: “BLP is renowned in the City of London and globally for its real estate and hotel sector work. Its reputation in these areas is first class. I have followed a number of the Firm’s high-profile transactions over the past few years and very much look forward to being a part of such a strong team.”

BLP’s Real Estate department is ranked in the top tier by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 and has also been ranked the top law firm for hotels since 2003.

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Notes to Editor:

  • BLP acts for clients across the entire lifecycle of hotel- related projects, including investment and development, lending, mergers and acquisitions, management agreements, franchising, operations, health and safety, licensing, tax, intellectual property and litigation. Its specialist hotels lawyers acted on over £1bn of hotel-related transactions last year.
  • BLP’s Real Estate sector group has over 60 partners and 300 lawyers with an in-depth knowledge of all issues relating to planning, construction and engineering, direct and indirect investment, funds, real estate & property finance, tax, development, securitisation, dispute resolution, environment and regulatory.


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