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DLA PIPER TOWER, LEVEL 22, 205 QUEEN STREET, AUCKLAND 1010, NEW ZEALAND
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Work +64 9 303 2019
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Fax +64 9 303 2311
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Michael Thompson

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Work +64 9 300 3866
Email:
Web:
www.dlapiper.com/en/newzealand/people/t/thompson-michael/
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Partner, Banking & Finance

Position

Michael is a banking and finance lawyer with experience in the Australian, European and New Zealand markets. He advises local and international banks and borrowers on a wide range of domestic and cross-border financings.

Michael's areas of focus include property and development finance, acquisition finance, corporate finance and debt restructuring. He has also advised a range of lenders on their obligations under consumer credit laws.

Career

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Member

New Zealand Law Society

Education

University of Auckland, LLB (Hons)


New Zealand

Banking and finance

Within: Next Generation Partners

Michael Thompson - 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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    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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