Werner van der Westhuizen represents private fund sponsors, investors and joint venture participants in forming, investing in, and operating leading domestic and international private funds.

Mr. Van der Westhuizen regularly advises sponsors, from leading institutional asset managers to first-time or boutique fund managers, as well as institutional investors.

He helps sponsors with their formation, global fundraising, capital deployment, and operating activities for a range of private funds, including:

  • Real estate funds
  • Debt funds
  • Buyout funds
  • Venture funds
  • Co-investment funds
  • GP stakes funds
  • Growth equity funds

In addition, Mr. Van der Westhuizen negotiates bespoke private capital arrangements with a range of structures, including: 

  • Permanent capital vehicles 
  • Joint ventures 
  • Strategic partnerships 
  • Evergreen partnering arrangements 

Before joining Latham, Mr. Van der Westhuizen was an associate in the investment management group in the New York office of another leading international law firm and an associate in the dispute resolution group of a leading pan-African law firm in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Thought Leadership

  • Co-author of "The Ebb and Flow of the Application of the Principle of Subsidiarity-Critical Reflections on Motau and My Vote Counts", 7 CONST. CT. REV. 43 (2015)
  • University of Pretoria Administrative Law guest lecturer, 2018

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • New York


  • LL.M., Harvard Law School
  • LL.B, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans