Charlotte Real Estate managing partner Karen Nelson was featured in the Charlotte Business Journal for recently being appointed as the new head of Katten's Charlotte office. Karen has been a partner at Katten since 2012 and is replacing Real Estate partner Dan Huffenus in her new role. Dan was head of the Charlotte office for 17 years and his national real estate finance practice for 25 years.

Karen has extensive experience in real estate, specifically related to debt origination and restructuring, and she has represented some of the largest commercial and investment banks, funds, insurance companies and REITs.

Katten's Charlotte office is particularly known for its services in real estate capital market transactions. Attorneys in the Charlotte office also provide services related to other practice areas such as Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, Corporate, Structured Finance and Securitization, and Private Wealth.

Karen hopes to maintain what Dan has established during his time as head of the Charlotte office, which included doubling the office's size and making Katten a top firm for real estate services in North Carolina, and looks forward to working with practice leaders on the future of the office. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences, Karen said Katten has worked closely with clients and developed new ways of doing business, which includes becoming more focused on loan modifications and workouts, such as debt funds, bridge debt and mezzanine debt, in particular.

"Katten taps commercial real estate attorney to lead law firm's Charlotte office," January 14, 2021.