• LLB, 1991
    University of Witwatersrand
  • BA, 1988
    University of Witwatersrand

Year of Call/Admission

  • South Africa, 1995

Languages Spoken

  • Afrikaans
  • English

Lara Bezuidenhoudt

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Lara specialises in banking and finance transactions with a focus on project finance. She has particular expertise in the financing of infrastructure development in the transport, energy, telecommunications and mining sectors.

Her expertise spans a number of African jurisdictions and she has also acted as the South African adviser on numerous offshore financings, where she has advised on the local law aspects, including the security and exchange control aspect.

Lara has extensive experience in advising both lenders and sponsors within the project finance arena, including government agencies.  

Honours and Awards

  • Recognised by IFLR1000 as a leading lawyer in Energy, Infrastructure, Mining, and Project Finance (2017 edition)
  • Recognised by Chambers & Partners 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 - 2017 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)


  • Member, Law Society of the Northern Provinces

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