Sarah Smit

Recent Work

Sarah is a consultant in our Banking & Finance team.

A finance lawyer with 20 years of broad-based experience, Sarah most recently worked in-house with the UK’s development finance institution, British International Investment plc, before becoming a consultant at the end of 2023.

Sarah has significant expertise in emerging markets lending, including corporate lending, financial institutions and trade finance, renewables and sustainable finance. She has a key focus in development finance.

Sarah is also experienced in restructuring and insolvency, including administrations, receiverships and turnarounds.

Sarah trained and worked at two Magic Circle firms in London, Hong Kong and Amsterdam. During her nine years in Amsterdam, she was part of a small Finance practice, gaining broad experience as adviser to lenders and borrowers across leveraged and acquisition finance, syndicated lending (including while on secondment in the loan syndications team of ABN AMRO), receivables and trade finance and other bespoke finance products.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, running with her dog and is training for a coast-to-coast cycle ride across the north of England.

*Sarah Smit is a Consultant at Acuity Law working on a self-employed basis*

  • Emerging markets lending
  • Corporate lending
  • Financial institutions
  • Trade finance
  • Renewables and off-grid power
  • Sustainable development and development finance
  • Restructuring and insolvency, including administrations, receiverships and turnarounds
  • Leveraged finance
  • Acquisition finance
  • Syndicated lending
  • Receivables and trade finance
  • Other bespoke finance products
  • Advising a lender on the refinancing of a fruit producer in Brazil and Ghana
  • Advising a lender on the restructuring of a hotel group in Cape Verde
  • Advising a lender on a USD50 million commodity financing for the import of wheat to Sudan
  • Advising a borrower in relation to a sustainability-linked USD600 million standby revolving credit facility
  • Advising sub-guarantor on a re-guarantee facility for a pan-African financial guarantee provider
  • Advising a shareholder lender in relation to a mezzanine financing to support the equity contribution of a Black Economic Empowerment investor into renewable power projects in South Africa
  • The Banking & Finance Team is ranked Band 2 by Chambers and Partners
  • The Banking & Finance Team is ranked Tier 2 in The Legal 500
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