Global firm scores top NZ firm’s former board member

by Sol Dolor03 May 2017
DLA Piper has scored a partner from Kensington Swan, appointing Katie Carson as its newest New Zealand financial services partner.

Carson formerly co-led Kensington Swan’s banking and finance team with partner Nicole Xanthopol. She is also a former board member of the top firm.

Carson is an internationally recognised banking and finance lawyer with 20 years of local and international experience in NZ and the UK. While at Kensington Swan, she won the International Law Office’s Client Choice 2017 award in banking and finance.

After graduating from Oxford University in 1997, she joined Chapman Tripp as a solicitor before moving Kiwibank in 2002 to become a legal counsel. She joined Bell Gully as a senior associate in 2005 before becoming partner at Kensington Swan in 2012.

Carson specialises in securitisation and capital markets, debt restructuring and insolvency, fintech, and regulatory and product development work.  She has an extensive background in advising national and international banks, non-bank deposit takers, and borrowers, DLA Piper said.

Due to the international and collaborative nature of the firm’s banking and finance practice, Carson will be working on matters in the Australasia and Asia Pacific regions, the firm said.

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