Sarah Simmers


B.Com (Hons), LL.B (First Class Hons), University of Otago

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Sarah is a partner in the commercial department and has been with Anderson Lloyd since 2002. She advises clients on a range of corporate law matters, including business acquisitions, divestments, restructurings and insolvencies, drafting and advising on commercial contracts, and providing legislative compliance advice.

Recent work Sarah has been involved in includes acting for:

  • Skeggs Group on the sale of Pacifica Shipping to Swire (a global shipping group),
  • CRT Co-operative on its merger with Farmlands,
  • Farmlands Co-operative on its purchase of the NRM animal feeds business from Viterra,
  • Ovita (a subsidiary of AgResearch and Beef + Lamb) on the licensing of sheep genomics technology to Pfizer, and
  • Port Otago on its container terminal contracts.

Sarah also acted for Skeggs Group on the sale of its greenshell mussels and pacific oysters businesses to Sanford for $85 million, the sale of its Pacifica Salmon business to New Zealand King Salmon and on its acquisition of Tourism Holdings’ Milford Sound assets.

Sarah completed a two-year secondment to Yellow Pages from 2007-2009 as its acting General Counsel and Company Secretary. She says it was an amazing opportunity to be exposed to how a large corporate operates and how it is governed. It helped her immensely as a lawyer and gave her insight into what clients do with the legal advice that she gives. Sarah says the experience made her more commercially-minded.

New Zealand Lawyer magazine recognised Sarah in its 2014 Hot List as one of the 28 “trail blazing lawyers changing the industry right now.”

Sarah presents guest lectures for the University of Otago’s Advanced Company Law and Banking Law classes. She has presented seminars for the New Zealand Law Society and written for numerous legal publications on consumer finance issues.

Sarah is a Trustee of the Otago Youth Wellness Trust and the Digital Community Trust, and is Chair of the organising committee for the Cancer Society Ball.  She is a member of the Institute of Directors and the Banking and Financial Services Law Association.