Karen Davies

London Fruit & Wool Exchange 1 Duval Square London E1 6PW United Kingdom
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Karen Davies is a partner in our corporate practice and Ashurst's global chair

Karen has wide experience in advising both corporate clients and investment banks on a full range of domestic and cross-border corporate finance transactions. She specialises in merger and acquisitions and equity capital markets work, advising on acquisitions and disposals as well as corporate finance matters (Official List and AIM).

In 2021 Karen was recognised by Financial News as one of the 20 Most Influential in Legal Services and in their 100 Women in Finance. She has also been acknowledged at the Women, Influence & Power in Law UK in both 2020 and 2021, was listed in The Lawyer Hot 100 in 2017 and topped the MergerMarket lawyer rankings for number of M&A deals in 2017 and number of deals by value in H1 2019.

Karen is ranked in Chambers UK 2023 for Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability, with clients acknowledging her 'pragmatic' judgment. The Legal 500 2023 also ranks Karen in the Hall of Fame for M&A: Upper Mid-Market and Premium Deals (£500M+).

As Global Chair, Karen is accountable for the leadership and effective functioning of the Board and for upholding the reputation of the firm and ensuring its integrity, values and governance procedures. Together with the Board, Karen is also responsible for oversight and accountability of the Executive Team and oversight and approval of the firm's strategy.

Karen has served as a member of the Ashurst Board since 2017, and prior to her appointment as Global Chair she led the firm's Corporate Division in the UK.

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