• LLB, 1990
    University of Toronto
  • BA (Hons), German Literature, 1987
    University of Western Ontario
  • BSc, Physiology, 1986
    University of Western Ontario

Year of Call/Admission

  • Ontario, 1993

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch

Tanneke Heersche

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+ 27 11 586 6050
+27 11 586 6150 (fax)

Tanneke Heersche is a partner at Fasken Martineau in Johannesburg, with a particular focus on the natural resources sector. Tanneke is highly regarded for her expertise and experience in the mining industry where she is recognised as a leading legal advisor. Her extensive experience includes advising on all aspects of the development and financing of mining and other natural resource projects in emerging markets.

Tanneke’s practice also encompasses advising and representing clients on significant cross-border investments and investment protections in natural resources, infrastructure and other sectors in numerous African jurisdictions. She regularly advises major international mining companies and international financial institutions as well as governments in numerous countries around the world.

Honours and Awards

  • Recognised by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer within the fields of Projects and Energy (Africa) and Energy & Natural Resources: Mining (South Africa). Tanneke is noted for being a "highly respected legal adviser to many players in the mining industry" and for her "wide-ranging experience in natural resources work across Africa and internationally", her "unbelievably good understanding of business and the commercial rationale of transactions" and her "truly global" experience "having handled matters not just in Africa, but also in South America and Central Asia". She is also noted as a Canadian 'Experts Based Abroad' and a South African 'Foreign Expert' within the field of Energy & Natural Resources: Mining (2009-2015 editions)
  • Recognised by IFLR1000 as a leading lawyer in Banking Law and Project Finance (2015 edition)
  • Recognised by Legal 500 as a mining specialist in Corporate Law / Mergers & Acquisitions and a key member of the team in Mining (2015 edition)
  • Recognised by Legal Experts - Europe, Middle East & Africa as an authority and expert within the field of Mining - South Africa (2011 and 2013 editions)
  • Recognised within Expert Guides 'Women in Business Law' for her expertise in the field of 'Energy and Natural Resources - South Africa' (2012 edition)
  • Recognised as one of the 'Most Highly Regarded Individuals' within the field of Mining Law by the International Who's Who Legal and praised for being "one of the finest mining lawyers in Africa" (2009-2012 editions)


  • Law Society of Upper Canada

Fasken Martineau is incorporated in South Africa as Bell Dewar Inc. (Registration No. 1995/004675/21). The term ‘partner’ in relation to Fasken Martineau is used to refer to a partner of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP who is also a director, employee or consultant of Bell Dewar Inc. with equivalent standing and qualifications.