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 corporate and commercial law. 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, 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.

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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

D&O Indemnity And Insurance Update: A ‘Hard Market’
05.11.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Insurance Law
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 Law
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 law
Supreme Court forecast – storms ahead for directors
On 24 September 2020, the Supreme Court released its long-awaited decision in the case of Debut Homes Ltd (In Liquidation) v Cooper [2020] NZSC 100.
COVID-19 and the Future of Force Majeure
Not since Y2K have force majeure clauses been of so much focus.
Shareholder Agreements:  The Corporate “Pre-nup”
You’ve got a great idea for a business and you’re pumped to get to work. 
23.06.2020 Posted in Business Advice & Company Law
COVID-19: OIO Urgent measures – Coming soon!
The Overseas Investment (Urgent Measures) Amendment Act 2020 (“Amendment Act”) was passed on 28 May 2020 and received Royal Assent on 2 June 2020.  The majority of the Amendment Act will ...