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Kareen Zimmer Vancouver Lawyer (2)

Kareen A. Zimmer *

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction British Columbia, 2001
Language(s) English
Office(s) Vancouver
*Law Corporation


Kareen A. Zimmer is a corporate and business lawyer, providing practical and timely legal advice to Canadian, American and international clients in mergers & acquisitions, complex commercial transactions and regulatory matters.

Her experience includes private equity investments, cross-border transactions, public private partnerships, joint ventures and corporate reorganizations. Kareen's practice spans a variety of sectors, including insurance & other financial services, infrastructure & transportation (bridges, rail and ports), lotteries & gaming and manufacturing.

Kareen provides regulatory advice to financial institutions. She works with credit unions, banks, insurance agencies, insurance companies and trust companies, in matters relating to:

  • Mergers and acquisitions, permitted investments and ownership structures
  • Creation of new products/services and consumer protection
  • Outsourcing arrangements and services agreements

With a special interest in crown corporations and governmental bodies, Kareen provides advice on high-profile and sensitive matters, including governance issues, asset acquisitions and divestitures, public-private partnerships, complex services agreements, and alternate service delivery arrangements.

Kareen also practises advertising and marketing law and advises on contests, lotteries and gaming legislation and policy in BC and across Canada.


Client Work

  • Raymond James Trust acquires Solus Trust Company Limited,
  • Mavrck secures US$135 million investment from Summit Partners and acquires Later to build a platform that drives revenue for brands and creators,
  • Motion Metrics International Corp sold for C$150 million,
  • The Estée Lauder Companies acquires DECIEM Beauty Group Inc. (enterprise value C$2.8 billion),
  • Wheatsheaf acquires all remaining shares of Ostara in arrangement transaction,
  • Marsh Canada Limited sells portfolio of insurance brokerage business in British Columbia to Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc.,
  • Divestiture of Ridley Terminals Inc. by Canada Development Investment Corporation on behalf of the Government of Canada for C$350,000,000,
  • Miniso Group acquires approximately 45 of 80 stores owned and operated by the Migu Group,
  • Miniso initiates insolvency proceedings in respect of Canadian licensee, Ongoing since July 2019

Career & Education


  • LLB University of British Columbia
  • BA (Honours) University of Ottawa

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
    • Women Lawyers Forum - Former Executive Committee Member, Member at Large, Mentoring and Awards Committees
    • Business Law Section, BC Branch – Current Member and Former Chair, Secretary
  • UBC Law Alumni Association  
  • Vancouver Bar Association
    • Member, Former Director and Executive Member
    • Former Chair, VBA Articling Committee
  • Association of Women in Finance, Former Vice President 


Fasken Institute


Speaking Engagements

The Regulation of Trust Companies in British Columbia Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Wills Section location location Vancouver, BC
The Rise Of Finance Technology in Canada Lexpert/Thompson Reuters Professional Development Course location location Toronto


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