Sarah DeSourdy Hastings

Senior Associate

Banking and Finance

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Sarah is a senior associate in Russell McVeagh's Banking and Finance team. She has experience across a broad range of banking and finance matters, with a focus on debt capital markets, structured finance and financial market regulation.


Sarah has banking and finance experience gained in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She has acted on a broad range of matters, including advising:

  • Acting for Spark on its Sustainability-Linked Bond – the first in the New Zealand market;
  • Arrangers and managers on collateralised loan obligation transactions and related warehouse arrangements, refinancings and resets;

  • Banks on fund financings;

  • Banks on bespoke collateralised structured security issues;

  • Banks on their regulatory capital issues;

  • Banks on the establishment of their covered bond programmes and issues under them;

  • Banks on their retained RMBS programmes;

  • Banks and corporates on the establishment of various MTN programmes and issues under them; and

  • Banks and corporates on corporate financing arrangements.


LLB, BA, Victoria University of Wellington.


Sarah began her career at Russell McVeagh before moving to London, where she worked in Allen & Overy LLP's international capital markets group as an associate and senior associate in the derivatives and structured finance team. She returned to the firm in 2021.

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