New commercial developments are becoming increasingly demanding, requiring both public and private clients to explore bespoke solutions to increase efficiency and alleviate obstructions.

From institutional to start up entrepreneurs, Karen understands the challenges clients face in delivering development projects and managing complex stakeholder relationships. She seeks to achieve her clients’ legal needs by being adaptable and reliable, enabling them to focus on what they enjoy the most – running their businesses.

Work Highlights

Downtown Richmond Redevelopment

    Richmond Centre

      Leveson, Coromandel Properties

      • Prepared disclosure statement, amendments to disclosure statements and purchase agreements
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      Karen provides our clients with strategic advice through each stage of a commercial real estate project. From compliance, disclosure statements, negotiations, land acquisitions and resolving tenant issues, all the way through to completing the presales, she guides clients through each step with confidence and ease, allowing them to realize the return on their investments.

      Karen’s advice combines industry knowledge, legal expertise and commercial insights, supporting clients through solutions that are intuitive and practical. From an emerging development to a municipal project, she seeks to protect our clients’ investments and help achieve their goals.

      Services
      Airspace parcel subdivisions Disclosure statements and compliance with Real Estate Development Marketing Act
      Real estate transactions Commercial leases
      Purchase and sale contracts Financing and private mortgage loan agreements
      Negotiation and drafting of a wide variety of corporate agreements Corporate transactions

      Fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, Karen has the language skills to work with clients across the Pacific Rim. This cultural understanding allows her to bridge gaps and facilitate business within Vancouver and its ever-growing demographic.

      Before law, Karen was a corporate banker in Hong Kong, China and London. She formed part of an international bank’s think-tank, providing advice for its Asia-Pacific strategies. Clients benefit from her exposure to many businesses from both a financial and operations perspective. She has an understanding of the bigger picture of what businesses need to succeed along with a sensitivity to international and local nuances. Karen leads with global practices for local innovation and is frequently invited to speak at seminars on commercial real estate issues that impact businesses across Metro Vancouver.

      Karen is driven by opportunity to succeed. She is proud to help clients turn their goals into achievements by providing solutions that combine legal sense with commerciality.

      Awards & Distinctions
      • Chief Judge Ernie Walter Award, Alberta Provincial Judges Association, 2011
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      Downtown Richmond Redevelopment
      Richmond Centre
      Leveson, Coromandel Properties
      • Prepared disclosure statement, amendments to disclosure statements and purchase agreements
      Choklit Park Terraces, Coromandel Properties
      • Prepared information summary and purchase agreements
      Ceetu Developments
      International Grocery Chains
      Public listed Companies, Hong Kong Stock Exchange
      Automobile Dealerships
      Duck Island Redevelopment
      Leases
      Daycares/Dance Studios
      Various developers and other companies
      • Acquisition and financing of multiple properties totaling over $250 million located throughout the Greater Vancouver Regional District in the past year
      Awards & Distinctions
      • Chief Judge Ernie Walter Award, Alberta Provincial Judges Association, 2011
      Industry Involvement
      • Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Initiative Committee, Urban Land Institute
      • Committee Member, Women’s Leadership Circle, Richmond Chamber of Commerce
      • Mentor, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers
      • Member, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
      • Member, Urban Development Institute
      • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Real Estate Section
      Community Commitments
      • Past Director, Richmond Hospice Association
      • Board Member, Canadian Martyrs Church
      Education & Call to Bar
      • Call to Bar: British Columbia, 2012
      • Juris Doctor, University of Calgary, 2011
      • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), University of British Columbia, 2006
      Languages
      • Mandarin
      • Cantonese
      Presentations
      • Certified Professional Accountants British Columbia, Speaker
      • Speaker for Financing and Real Estate Brokers