Ms Karen Dawson > Bennett Jones LLP > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile

Bennett Jones LLP
PO BOX 130

Work Department

Financial Services




Karen Dawson has extensive experience representing borrowers, agents, lenders and trustees in a wide range of domestic and international finance transactions, including corporate lending transactions, asset based lending transactions, equipment financings, acquisition financings, project financing, leveraged and operating leases, securitizations and private placements in various sectors including banking/financial institutions, energy, oil and gas, transportation, manufacturing, communications and technology. She also has experience working on restructurings, and routinely advises in connection with cross-border financing arrangements.


Karen is a member of the American Bar Association (Business Law Section), New York State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.


Mount Allison University, BA (Political Science/History), 1992, with first class honours
Dalhousie University, MA (International Relations), 1994 
McGill University, LLB/BCL, 2002, with great distinction

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Banking and finance

(Next Generation Partners)

Karen DawsonBennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP is recognized for its strength in infrastructure, and energy and natural resources-related financings, acting for both borrowers and lenders. It also shines in representing alternative lenders, including private equity clients and hedge fund debt investors. In a recent highlight, Toronto-based Mark Rasile advised the lead arrangers and syndicate on the amendment and restatement of Cameco Corp’s C$1bn syndicated revolving credit facility. Toronto’s Steve Lutz co-heads the national practice alongside Calgary-based aviation finance expert Patrick Brennan. The group also includes the increasingly prominent Karen Dawson in Calgary, while regulatory specialist John Teolis and cannabis sector specialist David Rotchtin are noted in Toronto.