Sami E. Al-Louzi

Partner, Dubai

Biography

“Dubai-based Sami Al-Louzi is widely considered ‘one of the most experienced lawyers when it comes to ECM in Saudi Arabia.’ He has acted on groundbreaking matters, including the high-profile Saudi Aramco IPO, and is noted for his impressive list of clients from the oil and gas, infrastructure and healthcare sectors, among others. He is also noted for his broad-ranging M&A practice, infrastructure, healthcare and telecommunications sectors.”
Chambers & Partners 2021, Capital Markets – Saudi Arabia

Overview

Sami E. Al-Louzi is a partner based in our Dubai Office. Sami has over 25 years' of experience advising global and regional clients in the financial services, securities, infrastructure, healthcare and telecommunications sectors on equity capital markets transactions in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Middle East, as well as on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and privatizations.

Bars and Courts
Dubai
Jordanian Bar Association
Education
LLM
King's College London
LLB
Jordan University
Languages
Arabic
English

Experience

Representative transactions include advising:

Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, GIB Capital and NCB Capital Company as bookrunners and underwriters, in relation to the US$585 million global Reg S IPO of Bindawood Holding Company on the Saudi Stock Exchange.

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) on its SAR 111.0 billion/US$29.4 billion IPO—the world's largest IPO to date. The offering (excluding the over-allotment option) comprised three billion shares, representing 1.72 percent of Saudi Aramco's share capital, for gross proceeds of SAR 111.0 billion/US$29.4 billion.

The shareholders of Ma'arif Holding Company for Education and Training (the largest owner and operator of private schools in Saudi Arabia) in relation to the sale of 100% of their shareholding to GEMS Education and Hassana Investment Company.

Alkhabeer Capital on its acquisition of Capital Schools in Dubai.

RIMCO in connection with the acquisition of iMENA Group Ltd, the leading operator of online businesses in the MENA region.

GCC based investors in connection with the establishment of a US$1 billion online retail platform in the Middle East.

The underwrites of Bank Aljazira's SAR 3 billion right issue.

Zahrat Alwaha in relation to its US$61 million IPO, and listing on the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).*

Al Yamamah Steel Manufacturing Company in relation to its US$148 million IPO, and listing on the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).*

Middle East Healthcare Company (Saudi German Hospitals) in relation to its US$480 million IPO, and the listing of its shares on the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).*

Al Andalus Development Company in relation to its US$378 million IPO, and listing of its shares on the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).*

Al-Hammadi Company for Development and Investment in connection with its SAR 650 million IPO, and listing its shares on the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).*

Middle East Paper Manufacturing Company on its US$120 million IPO, and listing its shares on the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).*

Saudi Mining Company (Ma'aden) on its US$1.5 billion rights issue.*

A UAE based investment company in connection with a US$ 2 billion acquisition and consolidation of an Egyptian healthcare company.*

Rashed Al Rashed & Sons Co, a KSA-based investment company, in (i) the sale of Sanad Healthcare to Aster DM Healthcare Limited, and (ii) the purchase of a minority interest in Aster DM Healthcare Limited.*

A US-based medical devices company in connection with the establishment of a joint venture company with a Saudi group to market and sell its products in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.*

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in connection with the rehabilitation, expansion and operation project of Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan and in connection with the US$380 million debt financing of the project.*

* This includes experience gained prior to joining White & Case.

Awards and Recognition

"Sami Al-Louzi is well regarded for his capabilities in equity capital markets, most significantly in Saudi Arabia where he regularly advises sovereign entities and major oil and gas clients on a range of IPOs and rights issuances. He also acts for clients in the infrastructure, healthcare and telecommunications sectors."
Chambers & Partners 2020, Capital Markets – Saudi Arabia

Band 1 Lawyer
Capital Markets – Saudi Arabia

Band 1 Lawyer
Corporate/Commercial – Saudi Arabia
Chambers 2020

Highly Regarded
IFLR1000, M&A and Equity Capital Markets, 2020