Karen Zhang Pallaras > Maples Group > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Maples Group
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Karen is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Corporate team in the Maples Group’s Hong Kong office. Her practice covers a broad range of corporate transactions involving Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands companies including mergers and acquisitions, pre-IPO financings, initial and secondary public offerings, private equity investments, joint ventures, reorganisations and restructurings. Karen has extensive experience advising on significant and market leading M&A and take private transactions involving Hong Kong and US-listed companies.  Karen also advises financial institutions, sponsors and corporations on debt financing transactions including leveraged and acquisition finance, debt capital markets transactions, project finance and general corporate lending.


Karen joined Maples and Calder in 2013. She was previously a senior associate at Allens in Melbourne.






Law Institute of Victoria


Monash University, Australia, LLB (Hons), 2006

Monash University, Australia, BA, 2006

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Offshore law firms

Leading Cayman law firmMaples Group provides ‘access to the latest information and deep knowledge in the challenging regulatory environment’. The practice has a solid track record assisting international clients with inbound investment into Asia and outbound investment from Asian clients internationally. Ann Ng heads the funds and investment management practice and focus on the international investment fund market. Matt Roberts, who is based in Singapore and Hong Kong, heads the corporate team and focuses on M&A, private equity, joint ventures, reorganisations, corporate governance and capital markets. Terence Ho is recommended for private equity, venture capital and hedge funds work and has acted for sponsors across Asia. John Trehey heads the dispute resolution and insolvency practice, handling both contentious and non-contentious cross-border matters. Aisling Dwyer is another name to note for disputes and has considerable experience in high value, international litigation. Singapore-based Michael Gagie was recently appointed as regional managing partner for Asia. Juno Huang and Karen Zhang Pallaras were promoted to partner in February 2021 and Nick Stern joined the dispute resolution and insolvency team from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in November 2020. Jonathan Silver departed in November 2021, and Anthony Webster has also left the firm now. Greg Knowles, Mark Western and Stacey Overholt retired.