Karen Chao

Karen Chao

Spoken Languages
Mandarin Chinese
Karen Chao
New York
+1 212 459 7077

Karen Chao is a partner in the firm’s Private Equity group. She focuses her practice on the representation of alternative asset managers in the formation and structuring of private equity and other private investment fund vehicles. In addition to fund formation, she also advises sponsors on operational, regulatory, governance and other ongoing life of fund and sponsor matters, including advising clients on issues relating to the Investment Advisers Act and the Investment Company Act. Karen has also represented prominent sovereign wealth funds and state pension funds in connection with their investments in private investment vehicles, including separate and managed accounts.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Karen was most recently a counsel in the Investment Funds group at Sidley Austin LLP in New York.




University of Sydney

(with first class honors)

BA (Honours)2001

Queen's University

(with first class honors)



  • New York

Recognition & Awards

Karen has been included for inclusion in The Legal 500 U.S. 2022.


Co-Author, “How to Approach Impact-Linked Carry,” New Private Markets, December 14, 2023