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Karen is a corporate and funds partner with extensive experience across the wider asset management sector, advising both fund managers and large investors, including banks, pension funds, insurers and sovereign investors. Karen also has extensive experience across a range of investment sectors spanning classic private equity, real estate, infrastructure, classic investment companies, debt investing and alternatives. More recent transactions have included raising a series of debt funds, the spin-out of an energy investment business from a global bank, a large scale real estate joint venture between a sovereign investor and a UK real estate investment manager, managed account arrangements for a number of institutional investors and several large investment portfolio sales.

In addition, Karen has many years’ experience with complex joint ventures across a range of sectors, from airports to telecoms. She has been instrumental in the formation and development of a number of complex joint ventures and consortia. Many of these have stood the test of time, having successfully completed contested acquisitions, complex refinancings and total and partial exits


Trained Dickson Minto; qualified 1990; associate Slaughter & May; Freshfields Bruckhause Deringer; partner Freshfields Bruckhause Deringer 2003-2015; Partner Brodies LLP 2015 to date.


Selkirk High School; University of Edinburgh (LLB (Hons); Dip LP)


Friends and family, gardening, travelling, arts and crafts

Scotland: Finance

Investment funds

Within: Investment funds

In addition to forming and launching funds, Brodies LLP provides day to day operational and regulatory advice (among other matters) to its UK and international fund manager clients. Senior solicitor Barbara Jamieson, who joined from Martin Currie Investment Management in January 2018, has experience of regulatory projects involving AIFMD, UCITS V and MiFID II, among others. Andrew Akintewe leads the team, which also has a significant investor-side practice, where the work includes assisting clients with negotiating the terms of fund investments and portfolio management. The group's areas of expertise span multiple fund structures, including private equity buyout funds, real estate funds, debt funds and listed funds. Paul McLaughlin is knowledgeable about the uses of LLPs, general partnerships and Scottish limited partnerships. As a full-service firm, its funds team is well-supported by practitioners in areas such as tax and corporate, enabling it to cover all manner of issues. Karen Fountain is leading a cross-practice team, which is acting for midmarket private equity fund manager Promethean Investments LLP in the circa £150m capital raising of its third limited partnership fund, as well as the structure and operations of the management group. In 2017, Fountain and others advised The Scott Trust and Guardian Media Group Plc (GMG) on GMG's launch of a £42m venture capital fund, GMG Ventures. Another recent highlight for the team involved assisting Blackstone with establishing a joint venture with a UK residential property investment company.

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