Villiers Terblanche

  • Partner
  • Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Precinct Building 1, Level 3
  • P.O. Box 506698
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • T +971.4.704.6340


Villiers Terblanche is a partner in the Dubai office of Latham & Watkins.

Mr. Terblanche specializes in complex infrastructure transactions, and for more than 25 years has been involved in the structuring, negotiation, and financing of a wide variety of high-profile energy, infrastructure, transportation and digital projects, joint ventures, acquisitions, and strategic investments in more than 60 countries in the Middle East, the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He routinely represents project developers, lenders, investors, and host governments on multi-sourced financings. He has advised on dozens of privatizations, has lead regulatory reform projects in anticipation of privatization or public-private partnerships, and has deep experience of special economic zone projects.

Mr. Terblanche was based in New York before relocating to the Middle East.


Mr. Terblanche's representative experience includes advising:

  • On multiple independent power projects, including renewables, gas, clean coal, nuclear, and hydro
  • On the concessions and financing of airports, seaports, toll roads, long distance rail, and metrorail projects, with associated logistics and transport oriented development
  • On the development and financing of standalone reverse osmosis projects for potable and industrial water, as well as several wastewater projects
  • On the development and financing of district cooling projects and the development of the district cooling regulatory framework in three countries
  • The sponsors of one of the world’s largest greenfield integrated petrochemical projects and associated utilities and logistics
  • A US publicly traded industrial company on its US$10 billion investment into and financing of a Middle East industrial complex
  • A sovereign wealth fund on its investment of more than US$9 billion to become the largest shareholder in one of the world’s leading banks
  • A sovereign wealth enterprise on a US$15 billion industrial mergers of predominantly project financed assets
  • The sponsors of fixed-line, wireless, undersea cable, telecom towers, terrestrial fiber network projects, and the privatization of several state-owned telecommunications companies  
  • A public-private-partnership (PPP) unit of a Middle East sovereign in connection with rail, road, affordable housing, district cooling, urban regeneration, tourism, healthcare, agribusiness, and civil aviation projects
  • The sponsors of special economic zones focusing on digital and technology matters, biotech, healthcare, education, autonomous mobility, financial services, logistics, tourism, heritage, and cultural matters
  • The sponsors of several high profile hospital, university and other education projects as well as the sponsors of digital platforms supporting distance education, and telemedicine
  • On multiple arbitrations and other disputes related to large scale infrastructure projects, including before the ICC, ICSID, and LCIA
  • Regulatory reform projects resulting in new regulatory frameworks and legislation for most infrastructure, utility, communications, and financial service sectors

Thought Leadership

  • Saudi National Renewable Energy Program Round 1 — “Scaling Up” -  April 24, 2017
  • Al-Mirsal Blog: Financing the Middle East’s Shopping Spree -  April 21, 2015
  • Al-Mirsal Blog: Rise in Middle East IWPs as Demand for Water Increases  -  December 11, 2014
  • Restructuring and Insolvency in the Dubai International Financial Centre -  August 2014
  • Restructuring and Insolvency in the United Arab Emirates -  August 2014

“He and his team were outstanding and I'd recommend them to anybody.”

Chambers Global 2020
Bar Qualification
  • New York
  • LLD, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2000
  • LL.M., University of Virginia, 1995
  • LL.B., University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1993
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Banking
  • Energy Regulatory & Markets
  • Project Siting & Approvals
  • Islamic Finance
  • Africa Practice