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Nicholas Zervos

Velma Law

Professional qualifications: England and Wales, Solicitor, 1985; Hong Kong Bar 1995; Tanzania Bar, 2011

Areas of practice. Commercial transactional law; project finance; PPP; infrastructure; mining; oil and gas; finance; corporate.

Senior commercial transactional lawyer with expertise in international corporate matters and project and structured finance, in particular in Tanzania, elsewhere in East Africa, United Kingdom and Central and Eastern Europe.

Living and working as a legal consultant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania since November 2006. Before then a senior partner with a major firm in London (and Hong Kong) advising sponsors and banks on commercial and financing agreements for infrastructure projects in developed and emerging markets.

Non-professional qualifications. LLB Honours, University of Nottingham, 1983; LLM, Transnational Oil, Gas & Energy Law (pending)

Recent transactions

  • PPP for bus rapid transit project in Dar es Salaam.
  • MOU for PPP railway project to upgrade and enhance operation of railway for network international mining company.
  • Agricultural PPP fund in Tanzania.
  • Large gas power generation facility under PPP framework. 
  • Gas regulatory framework and general local issues in Tanzania for international oil supply company operating and supplying gas in Tanzania.
  • Due diligence on production sharing agreements.
  • Mining licence acquisitions, sales and transfers in Tanzania. 

Professional associations/memberships: Tanganyika Law Society; Law Society of England and Wales.

Publications. Extensive seminar presentations and publications, most recently:

  • PPP framework speaker with World Bank representatives at Tanzanian Ministers Workshop in Bagamoyo (2012).
  • Public Private Partnerships in the Power Sector, workshop presentation for East African Community delegates, Kampala, December 2011.
  • Foreign Investment in Tanzania, American Chamber of Commerce presentation, Dar es Salaam, January 2012.

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