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Karen C. Hermann
Venable LLP

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Karen C. Hermann
Partner
Venable LLP
What led you to a career in the deal-making industry?
I love the pace and chaos of the deal-making process. I started out working on IP licensing transactions, but once I had a chance to work on an M&A diligence project, I never looked back.
How does diversity add value in the deal-making process?
Striking a deal is about more than just economic and business terms. The strongest deals are grounded in commonality and mutual interests. A diverse team helps bridge communication gaps, builds trust, and leads to success.
The most memorable deal I worked on....
Each deal is memorable in its own way. The most memorable deals are the ones that presented unexpected obstacles that we had to overcome to get the deal done.
Advice for achieving success in the industry....
Be ruthlessly organized. Listen and relate to all sides, not just “your” side. Understand the end goal and be open to unusual solutions that achieve the business objectives.

Profile:

Karen focuses on corporate transactions – specifically, mergers and acquisitions, carve-out transactions, corporate reorganizations, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. She represents public and private corporations, private equity firms, and startup and emerging companies in a wide range of industries, but particularly in regulated industries, such as aerospace and defense, technology, federal contracting, cybersecurity, professional services, and healthcare. Karen negotiates a variety of intellectual property agreements, including patent, know-how, trademarks, copyright, and software licensing arrangements; technology and know-how transfers; manufacturing, data rights, and data protection agreements; and collaborative research agreements involving private parties, universities, and research institutions.

Location: Venable LLP, Washington, D.C., United States.

Education: J.D., from George Washington University Law School and B.A., in English from Fontbonne College.


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