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Katie Carson

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Partner, Banking & Finance


Katie Carson is a specialist banking and finance partner with 20 years of local and international experience in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Katie’s experience covers a broad range of institutional and corporate finance, structured arrangements (including securitisation programmes), debt capital markets, trade finance, debt restructuring, and finance portfolio acquisition transactions. She is also regularly involved in product development projects and regulatory issues such as the Personal Property Securities Act 1999, consumer credit laws, financial adviser regulation, and anti-money laundering legislation. She has a particular interest in the developing area of fintech innovation.

Katie is a well-respected lawyer who has advised lenders, borrowers and trustees. She combines technical excellence with a responsive and practical approach to dealing with complex or strategic issues.


Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 2000


New Zealand Law Society


B.A. Hons., Jurisprudence, University of Oxford 1997

New Zealand

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Katie Carson - DLA Piper New Zealand

Within: Banking and finance

DLA Piper New Zealand's finance, projects and restructuring practice is 'excellent - its industry knowledge and understanding of market trends mean that its advice is cutting edge, practical and smart'. Practice head Katie Carson has 20 years of experience in domestic and international transactions and frequently acts for Westpac New Zealand, ASB Bank, Heartland Bank, TSB Bank and Foodstuffs North Island. Her advice is 'always tailored for practical use', according to one client. Her recent highlights include advising Barclays Bank on the local law aspects of the €325m secured financing of Swissport International's acquisition of aviation services provider Aerocare, and assisting Stantec Incorporated with local matters arising from its $1bn credit agreement with a syndicate of lenders for the acquisition of MWH Global. Newly promoted partner Michael Thompson, who joined in early 2018 from MinterEllisonRuddWatts, added extensive experience in corporate, leveraged and development finance to the practice.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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