Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its capital markets capabilities in the Middle East with the addition of Sami Al-Louzi, who was previously with White & Case in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi between 2002 and 2010, as a partner in Dubai. Al-Louzi will divide his time between Dubai and Riyadh.
"GCC markets are attracting investment as their governments drive the development of a variety of sectors including industry, energy, services, tech, consumer/retail, education and healthcare, said White & Case partner Doug Peel, Head of Middle East. "With Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan now in the implementation phase, this trend is accelerating in Saudi Arabia, and there is significant outbound investment by key investors from the region, too.
"With five offices in the Middle East and North Africa and experience advising on complex deals in virtually every Middle East jurisdiction, White & Case is uniquely positioned to advise clients in the region, and Sami's return to the Firm is yet another demonstration of our commitment to supporting their ambitions."
Al-Louzi is a native Arabic speaker who joins the Global Capital Markets Practice. He advises global and regional clients in the financial services, securities, infrastructure, healthcare and telecommunications sectors on equity capital markets transactions in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Middle Eastern markets, as well as on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and privatizations. Al-Louzi joins White & Case from Latham & Watkins, where he was a partner from 2014 in Riyadh and Dubai, and brings more than 21 years of experience.
"Sami is an experienced and highly regarded capital markets and M&A lawyer in the Middle East, with an excellent track record and strong client relationships comprising government institutions, global and Middle East banks, investment banks, regional private equity firms and leading Saudi Arabian family businesses," said White & Case partner Stuart Matty, who heads the Global Capital Markets Practice. "He has well-earned reputation for being pedigree in capital markets with exceptional legal skills and sound legal and business judgment. He joins and complements a strong existing team, and his experience advising on Saudi Arabian and other regional IPOs will be particularly valuable to our clients as the opportunities to invest in Saudi and other GCC assets continue to increase."
Oliver Brettle, member of the White & Case Executive Committee and executive partner in London, said: "Our 2020 strategy includes a focus on profitable growth in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and the global financial institutions industry, and Sami's return to White & Case drives the Firm forward in all three areas. He is a highly accomplished partner and he will be a great asset to our clients."
White & Case has been advising on Middle Eastern matters for more than six decades. The Firm has offices in Abu Dhabi, Cairo (through an association with MHR & Partners), Doha, Dubai and Riyadh (through an association with the Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi), from where its lawyers advise clients including regional and international corporations, governments, government-affiliated commercial entities and local and international lenders on the English, New York and local law issues related to project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate matters, construction, disputes, banking, capital markets (conventional and Islamic) and international trade.
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