Karen E. Hennessey

Gowling WLG

160 Elgin St, Suite 2600
Ottawa, ON K1P 1C3
Phone: (613) 783-8804
Fax: (613) 563-9869
E-mail: karen.hennessey@gowlingwlg.com

Karen is a corporate and M&A lawyer based in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office and the leader of the firm’s Corporate Practice Group. She regularly provides advice to clients with respect to structuring, organizing, and reorganizing their business and in planning for and implementing the client’s growth (or exit) strategies through M&A transactions. Karen’s clients appreciate her practical approach to legal service delivery and rely on her to be a trusted adviser to handle their day-to-day legal needs and to act as a “legal quarterback,” managing and coordinating the work of specialists when needed. She also acts as outside general counsel for a number of public and private sector entities. Her practice covers a range of industries and companies of all sizes including start-ups, owner-operated and family-run businesses, as well as large national and multinational corporations. In 2014, she received the Ottawa Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” award recognizing her ability to balance business achievement, professional expertise, and community involvement. In 2015, Karen was recognized as one of Lexpert®'s "Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40." In 2018, Karen was recognized by the Women’s Business Network as the Businesswoman of the Year in the professional category.

Year Called to the Bar:2005 (ON)
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