Susan Taryn Nelima
Managing Partner/Business & Sports Law Attorney
Susan is the Managing Partner of the Firm, a qualified and an all-round Advocate practicing Corporate and Commercial law in Tanzania. She Holds an LLB (Hons), Postgraduate Advanced Dip. in Legal Studies, (Tanzania), LLM in Corporate and Commercial, Advanced Certificate in Business Administration from Joseph Business School (Chicago/Tanzania), she is a Chartered Company Secretary (India) and a trained Sports Lawyer. She is a member of Tanganyika Law Society and East African Law Society.
She has a wealth of experience in banking and finance; She has investigated and managed bank Liabilities through auditing. She has dealt with various security transactions in the creation and perfection of security interests, registration of chattels, advising banks through legal opinions on syndicate loan arrangements, registration of foreign loans and external borrowing, guarantees, apostils and legalization of foreign documents.
Susan has in the past years participated and headed security audits for four leading banks in Tanzania through Mawalla Advocates her past employer. In 2012, she was part of a team that audited 25 customers for one of the banks, in 2013 she was involved in auditing 50 top corporate customers in the same bank, in the same year she audited 10 customers for another bank and in 2015 she headed a team of five and completed successfully security audit for 100 customers of yet another bank. She keeps the banks abreast of changes in banking regulations.
In 2019, she was assigned commercial forensic investigation case for the U.S government through BDO Mauritius. In the same year she undertook high level due diligence for Agatha AB a Swedish Company and has done various due diligences for other multinational companies.
As a corporate attorney, she has assisted clients in setting up business in Tanzania, foreign investment counsel, strategic investment counsel, company restructuring, shareholder disputes, acquisitions, compliance and liquidation. She has succefully liquidated various companies in Tanzania. She is a company secretary to various companies and seats on various boards as a well-established advocate in practice of corporate governance and company compliance matters.
Susan has been a legal advisor of two influential telecom companies during their Initial Public Offer and was able to bring the process to the end. She has drafted and reviewed, various telecom related agreements such as Base Transceiver Station maintenance and leasing agreements, fitting of the ATM machines agreement, switch to switch integrated contracts among others.
She is currently developing her practice on sports law as the Firm launched this new practice in 2020, and has attended training on sports law in Portugal Lisbon.
Her real estate knowledge in Tanzania is unique and has been able to advise foreign ownership of land in Tanzania, long term leases, mortgage of leases and rights of occupancy and derivative rights.
Susan has caught up with FINTECH regulations, she was invited by East Africa Law Society to be a panelist and she shared on disruption of fintech on traditional banking in Tanzania and she has had a hands-on experience in setting up of Fintech companies in Tanzania such as Spektra Technologies, Craft Silicon among others. The fintech companies have benefited on her undiluted counsel on payment systems license, electronic money transfer advise, and licensing including Application Services License regulated by Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority.
She has advised and still advises the High Commission of Uganda, Embassy of South Sudan, She has in the past advised Polish Embassy on various laws, Digby Wells on mining and Petroleum local content. Ekium Tanzania Limited on Petroleum local content, she still advises DHL Tanzania Limited, NCBA Bank Tanzania Limited, Banc ABC, Exim Bank Tanzania Limited, Comviva Technologies India, Dimension Data Kenya and Tanzania, Bechtel Oversees, BDO East Africa, ACCA Tanzania Limited, SASCO Engineering Limited, Marlink AS Norway, Fanisi Venture Capital, NGO’s; Eastern Coral Education, Culture and Development East Africa to mention but a few.