Senior Associate

Sarah Gibbs

LLB (Hons), BCom
Sarah joined Hesketh Henry in October 2010 after four years at a large national law firm and is a Senior Associate in the Business Advice team.

Sarah’s principal area of practice is general corporate and commercial law.and she has broad experience advising on a wide range of corporate and commercial law issues.  Sarah regularly advises on drafting and negotiating various commercial contracts such as licence and distribution agreements, terms of trade, manufacturing and supply agreements as well as bespoke user-friendly template documents.  She also advises in relation to mergers and acquisitions, joint venture and shareholder arrangements in a variety of contexts, corporate governance, finance and security arrangements and compliance with various legislation, including consumer law, the Companies Act 1993 and the Overseas Investment Act 2005.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Directory 2020 includes Sarah as a “recommended lawyer”.Sarah brings a pragmatic approach to legal issues with a focus on client rapport and delivering practical and effective commercial outcomes.

Sarah is on the Board of New Zealand Football and is a former Football Fern.

Need to get in touch with Sarah?
Send a message to Sarah

Examples of work completed by Sarah include:

  • Advising a German company importing luxury New Zealand products for distribution and sale in Europe in relation to the sale of the company to a New Zealand purchaser.
  • Advising a large New Zealand scaffolding company in relation to the merger of its business with a leading Pacific Island based scaffolding and equipment company.
  • Advising a widely held travel company in relation to the sale of its business to a large Australian travel company.
  • Advising the incoming provider of educational media and resources to a large Government health organisation, including in relation to its formation and joint venture arrangements together with negotiating the contract for services.
  • Advising an overseas insurer with regard to carrying on business in New Zealand and licensing requirements under the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010.
  • Advising an internationally owned forestry products manufacturer in relation to its extensive operations in New Zealand in manufacturing and forestry and recently, an RFP process for its logistics requirements.
  • Advising a nationwide residential building franchise in relation to managing its business and franchising arrangements.
  • Advising a large Southland dairy manufacturing and production company in regards to its business operations and various corporate compliance and regulatory matters.
The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2020 Directory individually recommends Senior Associate, Sarah Gibbs.

Insights & Opinion / Sarah Gibbs

New Fair Trading Act provisions spark need to review small trade contracts
The Fair Trading Amendment Bill received Royal Assent on 16 August 2021 and is now the Fair Trading Amendment Act 2021 (Amendment Act).  The Amendment Act amends the Fair Trading Act 1986 (FTA), with...
COVID-19 AML/CFT Guidance and Annual Report Extension
In a recent statement by the Financial Markets Authority, the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (together, the Supervisors), it was agreed that the submission da...
How to break up with a suspected money launderer: High Court Guidance
The High Court has provided guidance on how to end a business relationship with a suspected money launderer.
15.04.2021 Posted in Business Advice & Regulatory
Guarantees must be in writing and signed to be enforceable
For a guarantee to be enforceable, the requirements set out in section 27 of the Property Law Act 2007 (Act) must be strictly complied with.  This is what the NZSC held in Brougham v Regan. The key i...
19.03.2021 Posted in Business Advice
D&O Indemnity And Insurance Update: A ‘Hard Market’
05.11.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Insurance
4 million reasons for a tailored Shareholders’ Agreement: Dold v Murphy
The Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Dold v Murphy highlights the importance of having an appropriate Shareholders’ Agreement in place.
21.10.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Company
Things to know before starting a lending business in New Zealand
Things to know before starting a lending business in New Zealand
09.10.2020 Posted in Corporate & Commercial