Karen Ward

Karen Ward

Karen is a Senior Managing Director and US Head of EY’s Real Estate Investment Bank. Most recently she performed consulting work for McKinsey & Co. and Crescent Resources. Previously, she co-founded a real estate private equity and sponsor focused merchant bank in New York City. She has closed approximately $30 billion of equity and M&A transactions as an investment banker.

Karen previously was a Principal with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Real Estate Investment Banking Division and Head of Client Coverage for the Central Region, calling on middle market clients. As a Vice President she oversaw deal teams, performed valuation analyses, led due diligence teams in M&A, led the development of public offering materials and private offering memorandums, management presentations, special committee and board materials.

Karen was a Vice President with Goldman Sachs in Mergers & Strategic Advisory as well as an Associate in the Corporate Finance Group. Karen was a summer associate at Morgan Stanley in New York and an investment banking analyst at Bank of America. She also worked as a Senior Consultant and Staff Consultant at Andersen Consulting.