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’s longstanding dominance in the oil and gas sector has produced an energy-focused finance practice specializing in advising corporate borrowers on project finance, acquisition finance, syndicated lending and leveraged finance transactions. In Calgary, Philip Backman QC’s name is synonymous with energy finance; he continues to advise North West Redwater Partnership on the financing of the construction of its C$10bn bitumen refinery in Alberta, one of the largest projects ever constructed in Canada. Outside of the energy sphere, Calgary-based financial services co-head Patrick Brennan is highlighted as ‘the first name you think of for aviation finance in Canada’. Karen Dawson is also a key contact in Calgary. On the lender side, Toronto-based Mark Rasile has recently undertaken work for China Construction Bank. Steven Lutz, who co-leads the financial services group, is also recommended in Toronto.