Karen W. Fries

Partner, Private Client

Karen Fries is the Global Co-Leader of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Structure Finance Practice Group, which represents banks and other financial services entities throughout the U.S., U.K., and Germany.  It is annually ranked as a national leader in merger and acquisition transactions as well as public and private capital issuances in the financial services industry.

Karen  practices primarily in the areas of lender and borrower representation in connection with finance transactions. She represents a number of public and private corporations in finance transactions. Her experience includes negotiation and documentation of secured and unsecured, syndicated and single-lender revolving credit and term loan facilities. She has also represented borrowers in private placements. Karen also has broad restructuring experience including negotiation and documentation of large, syndicated debtor in possession financing transactions, representation of secured and unsecured creditors in various aspects of Chapter 11 cases and negotiation and documentation of out-of-court restructuring transactions.

Karen received a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1989.  She was a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review and the Vanderbilt Chapter of the Order of the Coif.  Karen graduated, cum laude,  from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1986 with a B.S. in Business.


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  • Karen W. Fries
  • Partner, Private Client

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