• LLM, Tax, 2000
    University of Witwatersrand
  • LLB, 1995
    University of Natal
  • BA, English, Political Philosophy, Industrial Sociology, 1991
    University of Cape Town

Year of Call/Admission

  • South Africa, 1996
  • England and Wales, 2009

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Blaize Vance

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Managing Partner, South Africa
+27 11 586 6067
+27 11 586 6167 (fax)
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Blaize Vance is the Regional Managing Partner for Africa. Blaize's legal practice focuses on major energy, infrastructure and mining projects, with emphasis on coal, gas and renewable energy projects. Blaize is also involved in business rescue, distressed debt and debt restructuring for banks and financiers throughout Africa.

Blaize has led the firm's legal teams on a number of base-load, renewable and peaking energy projects and has negotiated and prepared finance contracts, projects contracts, power purchase agreements, wheeling agreements, gas supply agreements and implementation agreements. Blaize has also structured the financing of a number of cross-border transactions in Africa and advised on the tax aspects of these transactions.

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Honours and Awards

  • Recognised by IFLR1000 as a leading lawyer in Energy, Mining and Project Finance (2017 edition).
  • Recognised by Chambers & Partners as a leading lawyer within the field of Projects & Energy and is commended by his peers for his "highly active practice in power developments" and "depth of knowledge" (2013 - 2017 editions).
  • Recognised by IFLR1000 as a leading lawyer in Banking Law and Project Finance (2015 edition).
  • Recognised by Legal 500 EMEA as a "power specialist" within the field of Projects and Infrastructure and noted as having "excellent business acumen and industry knowledge" in Banking and Finance (2013 - 2017 editions).


  • Member, Law Society of England & Wales
  • Member, Law Society of the Northern Provinces

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.