Biography

Karen Yuen is a general business and transactional attorney, the bulk of whose work involves advising privately and publicly owned businesses in the wine industry. These matters range from complex real estate and corporate transactions, including acquisition and disposition of wineries, vineyards, inventory, and brands, to general real property, corporate and tax matters, and general operations. With respect to the latter, Karen assists her wine clients in negotiating joint ventures, financings (from both the borrower’s and the lender’s perspective), grape purchase agreements, production agreements, and a range of other agreements, including those involving trademarks and licensing.

Her transactional practice is a natural extension of her mergers and acquisitions work. She negotiates the transaction and develops sophisticated, innovative strategies to help deliver her clients’ unique objectives and business needs. In conjunction with a purchase, she advises clients on how to hold and manage the business and assets. With respect to wineries, clients range from those who own their facilities and vineyards to virtual wineries that require advice on their relationships with vineyard managers, grape sources, and custom crush facilities. With respect to growers, Karen advises them on their relationships with vineyard managers and wineries.

Karen also advises clients on mergers and acquisitions in non-wine industries, and provides a similarly broad range of legal services, such as restating operating agreements, general corporate counseling, and other matters. Clients in this category have included real estate developers.

Her approach combines the practicality of a trained accountant, which she is, with the strategic thinking and trusted expertise of an attorney with considerable experience in family-owned, multigenerational businesses. She has developed numerous structures to help align business goals between the parties to a transaction, and handles generational and family ownership situations in which varying degrees of interest and operational expertise are harmonized in order to develop a favorable outcome for all stakeholders.

Firm Highlights

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Complying With the TCPA After the Facebook Supreme Court Decision

Many cannabis dispensaries rely heavily on text messaging marketing programs to reach their customers and to create loyalty in an increasingly competitive market. While text messaging programs may be an effective marketing tool, they...

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Farella Braun + Martel Named Among 2021 Best Places to Work: #1 Among Large Companies

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Management Anti-Harassment Training for Exempt Organization Professionals

California employment law requires employers in every industry, including  exempt organizations to create a workplace safe from harassment, discrimination, bullying, and sexual predation. The responsibility for this mandatory training falls on employers, and when...

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California Cannabis Businesses Face Costly Peril With Marketing Robocalls, Attorney Says

Cynthia Castillo spoke at the 2021 North Coast Cannabis Conference underwritten by Farella Braun + Martel and presented by the North Bay Business Journal. Cynthia spoke on trends in Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA...

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New Statewide Winery Order: What Wineries Need to Know

Join Buzz Hines and John Ugai, along with guest speakers, Timothy Simpson and Mehran Ebrahimi from GSI Environment Inc, in the discussion on "New Statewide Winery Order: What Wineries Need to Know." The new...

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California Cannabis Appellation Program

The specific location of a product’s origin is more important with some products than others.  Wine is the classic example, as the dirt and surrounding climate in which grapes are grown can have a...

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Employment Law Issues to Consider Before Including Work Made for Hire Clauses in Contractor Agreements

For most employers, it is important to own the intellectual property rights in written and/or graphic work commissioned from independent contractors.  But including a Work Made for Hire Clause (“WMFH Clause”) in an independent...

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Turmoil in the SPAC Market: What Private Tech Companies Should Consider Before Going Public Via a SPAC

In the spring of 2021, one of the hottest markets—the market for special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs—has “screeched to a halt,” according to CNN . As the SPAC market grew red hot in...

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Farella Represents Catalyze in Its Acquisition of PermaCity

Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel represented leading national independent power producer Catalyze  as due diligence counsel in its acquisition of solar developer and installer  PermaCity . Based in Boulder, Colorado, Catalyze...

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Farella Names Rebecca Stephens and Nadia Arid As LCLD 2021 Pathfinders

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that senior associate Rebecca Stephens and associate Nadia Arid were selected to be members of the 2021 class of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinders...

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