Bertha Nanyaro

Head Investment & Construction Ventures Department


Bertha is a vibrant and ardent Corporate-Commercial Lawyer and investment Advisor with vast knowledge and experience in Construction, Wildlife and Tourism, Environment and Climate, Mining, and Energy. Bertha advises clients on the most complex legal issues in the referred sectors and represents operators in high-level Government and stakeholders’ engagements, commercial and labor ADRs, and litigations. Bertha advises multinational corporations on competition-related issues for international construction service arrangements. She has been the lead counsel advising stakeholders on various construction ventures on feasibility studies, tendering and contracting, project management, regulatory compliances, claims management, HSE, ISO Standards, and Human Resource Management. Driven by profound interests in business and commercial transactions, Bertha has earned the name of “Deals Closer” for strategically closing business deals on behalf of clients due to her strong ability to analyze complex legal issues, providing concise strategies, innovative solutions and assist clients in negotiating their interest with the highest degree of professionalism and diligence. Bertha is passionate about sustainable climate, wildlife management, and education. She is currently setting precedent as a skillful and well-informed legal advisor for climate change and its impact mitigation initiatives in Tanzania; advising on climate change legal frameworks, carbon offset project registration and validation, feasibility studies, and environmental-related impact assessment and compliance. She has been instrumental in setting up what is set to become the largest nature-based voluntary carbon offset project in Africa on behalf of clients. She is also very involved in advocating for policies and regulations that address climate change impacts and the protection of natural biodiversity.  She believes through innovative approaches and stakeholders’ collaborations we can achieve a sustainable future for us.

  • Bertha has advised multiple multinational corporations namely Bouygues Energies & Services on competition-related issues for international construction service arrangements. She has been the lead counsel in advising the company the transmission line projects of over 400 Kilovolts, with contracts price exceeding $37M;
  • Bertha successfully advised, negotiated and drafted high profile Management/Governance Policies, Shareholding Agreements and Subscription Agreements among hospital company and its merging pharmaceutical partner with combined turnover of over TZS. 110B, the transaction which resulted in the change of overall corporate management, performance, equity participation and realization of profit among equity participants. Additionally, she advised and assisted these two companies on FCC- market competition and Taxation clearances for this specific transaction;
  • She has been co-lead counsel and very instrumental in instigating liquidation proceedings for the first insurance company namely Star General Insurance Limited in undertaking voluntary winding up in Tanzania which not only involved rigorous discussion with regulators, engagement with creditors, settlement of claims, laying off employees, reconciliation and settlement with re-insurers as well as disposition of assets and collection of receivables;
  • Advised and assisted foreign export company operating under EPZA special export zones (SEZ) in negotiation and settlement of outstanding loan facility exceeding TZS 12B with international Bank operating in Tanzania, which resulted into payment of less than TZS. 4B, significantly helping both parties in avoiding unnecessary legal battles and financial risks;
  • Bertha is currently setting precedent as a co-lead counsel and investment advisor advising and assisting various nature conservation companies focusing on voluntary carbon offset projects. In essence she has assisted Greencop Development PTE in acquisition of over 5Million Hectares of land for voluntary nature-based carbon offset projects;
  • Advised various clients in wildlife and tourism in acquisition of special wildlife concession areas for tourism purposes (tour safaris, accommodation facilities, hunting blocks, ranches, and other eco- tourism concession projects/investment ventures).
  • Bertha has an excellent track record on successfully representing clients (Local & Foreign contractors), mining and insurance companies on various ADRs and Litigations at all Courts Levels in Tanzania (CMA, NCC, TIArb, FCT, TCC, and so forth respectively. Just to mention, she always strives to ensure that clients are not subjected to unnecessary legal wrangles and or financial risks, by dedicating time to assist clients in pursuing claims amicably and in the cases where claims escalate to trials, she maintains more than 85% of success.
  • Tanganyika Law Society
  • East Africa Law Society
  • Member at Tanzania PPP Professionals Association
  • Associate Member at Chartered Institute of Arbitration, Kenya & London
  • Member- SADC Lawyers Association
  • Member of EALS construction committee