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Lara Bezuidenhoudt
Fasken LLP, South Africa

Lara Bezuidenhoudt is a partner in our Johannesburg office and highly regarded for her skills in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and project finance, specifically, infrastructure development financing in the transport, energy, telecommunications and mining sectors.

Lara has been at the forefront of advising on public/private infrastructure development in Africa.

Lara is “prized for her experience in project finance” in regard to her expertise within the field of Projects & Energy, according to Chambers Global.

Practising for more than 20 years in South Africa, one of the leading countries on the African continent in the law, policies and systems established for PPPs, she advises lenders, sponsors and government agencies.

Within this field, the inherent scale, complexity and risk, requires a special mix of expertise and innovation in the approach to development, procurement, financing and completing of projects; Lara’s hands-on private and public sector experience provides industry participants with the depth of knowledge and insights they require.


  • “Africa’s 9th Public Private Partnership Showcase”, Panel Member, November 17, 2017
  • "Benefits of PPP’s and How to Use Them as an Investment Tool", Delivering an Integrated and Sustainable Transport Network, Development Bank of South Africa Round Table Series, Gauteng, October 2, 2012


  • “The Law Behind the Triple P”, Service Publication, October 19, 2017
  • "Carbon Tax in focus – 2017 Budget Speech: Carbon Tax to be considered by Parliament", Environmental Bulletin, February 27, 2017
  • "The Hard and Soft of Tendering", February 1, 2016
  • "Tender for the provision of social grants declared invalid and new tender process to be initiated", April 17, 2014

Rankings and Awards

  • Recognised by IFLR1000 as a leading lawyer in Energy, Infrastructure, Mining, and Project Finance (2017 - 2018 editions)
  • Recognised by Chambers & Partner as a leading lawyer within the field of Projects & Energy, Lara is described as a "great finance lawyer" and is "prized for her experience in project finance" with clients asserting that they "appreciate her awareness of what lenders require." (2013 - 2018 editions)
  • Recognised by IFLR1000 as a leading lawyer in Banking Law and Project Finance (2015 edition)  
  • Recognised by Legal 500 as a leading individual in Projects and Infrastructure, Lara is "very knowledgeable and commercial" and a "true project finance lawyer". Clients commend her "exceptional attention to detail" and "excellent negotiating skills" (2013 - 2017 edition)
  • Recognised by Legal 500 EMEA for her "outstanding reputation" within the field of 'Banking and Finance'. (2013 and 2017 edition)
  • Awarded 'Regulatory Lawyer of the Year' by Best Lawyers (2012)
  • Recognised by International Who's Who Legal as one of the most highly regarded individuals within the field of Project Finance (2008, 2011 and 2015 editions)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of the Northern Provinces


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