For me, building trust in relationships is the key to great outcomes. It is not enough to be technically good; if people enjoy working with me and see me as part of their team, then I can be more effective in supporting them. I have over 25 years of experience in law and governance working at a senior level in-house and in private practice in New Zealand and overseas markets. I am a highly experienced commercial in-house lawyer with a depth of knowledge across a broad range of industries. My approach is pragmatic and commercial to ensure key outcomes are achieved and good relationships maintained along the way. I am self-motivated with a collaborative approach and excellent inter-personal skills. Working across a range of sectors including energy, banking, financial markets, telco and agriculture has enabled me to refine my strategic business knowledge, financial acumen and decision-making skills.
My career highlights to date include being Associate General Counsel at Todd Corporation with responsibility for corporate and M&A matters; Associate General Counsel for Meridian Energy leading several workstreams for the IPO; and General Counsel Corporate at NZX managing a range of acquisition activity and the governance arrangements for multiple boards.
Todd Corporation, Kiwibank, Meridian Energy, NZX, PGG/Wrightson, Telecom ANZ, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Simpson Grierson, Bell Gully
Lawyer volunteer for Karori CAB; mentor for Youth Enterprise Scheme
Past Board member and Deputy Chair – Orchestra Wellington; life member and past committee member
Club Captain and Treasury
Victoria University of Wellington AFC; past committee member Victoria University Sports Clubs Association and Kelburn Park Clubs Association.
What Saki Hannahs' clients say
“Thanks so much for your help in terms of getting Saki on board here. He’s been an absolute lifesaver and we couldn’t have survived the workload up to Christmas without him. He has slotted in very easily. He is also helping generate the culture I wanted around here and it’s just so nice to have that culture up and running now!”
GM Legal, Ministerial and Compliance, Electricity Authority