Karen Hendy > RPC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Partner and Head of Corporate, Karen’s practice spans international and domestic transactions and advisory work.  She has expertise in private M&A, joint ventures and equity capital markets / securities / listed companies work. She advises a wide range of clients, often listed companies and their subsidiaries, and has particular experience in the retail and technology sectors.

Relevant experience includes advising UK fintech Ebury Partners on its £350m investment from Santander, FSE listed Dialog Semiconductor on its innovative “on market”/”off market” share buyback programme, and acting for Frasers Group (formally Sports Direct) on the sale of its rights to the iconic sportswear brand Dunlop and related wholesale and licensing business, the acquisitions of House of Fraser, Evans Cycles and Jack Wills out of administration, and its public bids for GAME Digital, Studio Retail and Goals Soccer Centres.

Karen’s clients describe her as “a pleasure to work with” and “very professional but also very personable”.


Allen & Overy LLP 1998-2007; qualified 2000; secondment to major investment bank 2004-05; RPC 2007; partner 2010; Head of Corporate 2017; The Lawyer HOT 100 Dealmaker 2018.


Wyedean School; Durham University (1997 LLB Hons); College of Law, London (1998 LPC distinction).


Sport, the great outdoors, socialising, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m

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Karen HendyRPC

Blue-chip multinationals and financial institutions turn to RPC for assistance in high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional deals. Practice chair Karen Hendy is a key port of call for a range of retailers and tech companies seeking advice on M&A transactions, restructurings, and takeover bids. Nigel Collins draws considerable praise for the depth and proficiency of his Japan-focused corporate practice, where he advises a mix of consumer goods companies, financial institutes, and consultancy firms, among others. Insurance specialist James Mee is also noted for his capabilities in cross-border private equity-driven transactions across a range of sectors, most recently in the logistics space. Since his arrival in 2021, Connor Cahalane has handled a number of deals for Main Market and AIM-listed companies, ranging from semiconductor manufacturers to fuel cell developers.

London > Industry focus > Retail and consumer

(Leading individuals)

Karen HendyRPC

The ‘very responsive and knowledgeable team’ at RPC is able to advise on the full spectrum of retail matters. Its clients span across a multitude of sectors, with particular emphasis in the fashion and beauty arenas; clients include House of Fraser, Tommy Hilfiger Europe, Dolce & Gabbana and Charlotte Tilbury. The practice is led by both Jeremy Drew and Karen Hendy. Drew’s expertise enables a deep understanding of both contentious and non-contentious matters, including multi-jurisdictional arbitrations, while Hendy advises listed companies and their subsidiaries with particular expertise in overseeing distressed purchases and acquisitions. Ciara Cullen is singled out for her long-standing experience in the drinks industry. Internal changes include the arrival of commercial litigator Rathi Thiagamoorthy from Dentons and commercial senior associate Hettie Homewood, who previously worked in-house at ghd.