Sarah Gadd

London
  • 99 Bishopsgate
  • London EC2M 3XF
  • United Kingdom
 
 

Sarah Gadd, counsel in Latham & Watkins' London office, is part of the Benefits, Compensation & Employment Practice. She advises a wide range of clients on all aspects of employment law, human resource (HR) issues, benefits, and incentives, including share-based incentives. Her practice focuses on employment and share-based incentives law and the HR and benefits aspects of corporate deals, particularly deals with an international reach. Ms. Gadd has also acted for the client and the supplier on a number of outsourcing matters. Ms. Gadd advises on matters including recruitment and severance, downsizing, transfers of undertakings, employee consultation, day to day employment law issues, benefits, and incentives. She also advises extensively on stock options and other forms of share-based compensation.

Ms. Gadd also advises on employee-related aspects of the UK corporate governance and financial regulatory regimes including the application of the FCA Remuneration Code, Prospectus and Listing Rules, the Takeover Code, and the UK Corporate Governance Code to employees and incentives.

Ms. Gadd is a member of Employment Lawyers Association and the Share Plan Lawyers group.

Ms. Gadd’s experience includes advising the clients listed below on the employment and incentives aspects of the following transactions: 

  • ESR Cayman Limited on its US$1.6 billion IPO
  • Interswitch on its strategic partnership with VISA
  • Equistone Partners Europe on the acquisiton of Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, a UK-based provider of bespoke research, analytics, and automation technology 
  • TechnipFMC plc in its pending spin-off of its Onshore/Offshore segment to create two industry-leading, publicly traded companies
  • A consortium led by Blackstone and CVC Capital Partners on its £2.96 billion offer for Paysafe Group plc, a leading global provider of end to end payment solutions. The deal represents the largest public-to-private deal under the UK Takeover Code since 2010 
  • Netflix on its acquisition of Millarworld
  • Chinese-listed client Hytera Communications Corporation Limited in connection with its acquisition of London Stock Exchange listed digital radio products manufacturer Sepura Group PLC by way of Takeover Code scheme of arrangement
  • Repsol, a Spanish alternative energy company, on its acquisition of Sea Energies
  • OpenTable on its acquisition of Toptable and subsequent HR integration and day to day employment issues
  • Hellman & Friedman on the acquisition of Scout24 from Deutsche Telekom in a €2 billion transaction
  • Ares on its acquisitions of London Square and Farrow & Ball
  • RPC Group Plc on its £261 million acquisition of British Polythene Industries PLC
  • Various listed companies on their director remuneration reports and corporate governance requirements
  • Yucaipa on the employment and management incentive aspects of its purchase of Soho House group
  • A leading financial institution on the renegotiation of a multi-jurisdictional outsourcing project involving employees in the UK, Europe, and Far East
  • Diageo plc on international executive employment issues
  • Ares Management Limited on its day to day employment issues
  • Various technology companies on setting up tax approved EMI and CSOP share option plans for their UK employees
  • Yahoo! on the HR, stock option, and employment aspects of its purchase of Maktoob.com, the largest internet portal operator in the Middle East
  • A leading global sports apparel company on the application of the Prospectus Directive to its international stock purchase plans
  • Emaar Hotels & Restaurants on its High Court litigation with a former executive
  • Qatar Holdings, a subsidiary of the QIA, on its purchase of the Harrods Group
  • Charterhouse on its acquisition of Card Factory, a major UK greetings card business
  • A consortium consisting of Onex Corporation and another investor in their acquisition of Tomkins plc for approximately £2.9 billion
  • The Carlyle Group on the purchase of the Brintons carpet-manufacturing business
  • Callaway Golf Company in connection with its €418 million acquisition of Jack Wolfskin, a Germany-based outdoor clothing retailer
 
 
 
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