Sam Alavi is a partner in the Real Estate practice of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Century City office. He regularly advises some of the world’s largest private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, and other investment platforms on a wide variety of real estate-related transactions, including development, acquisition/disposition, finance, and joint venture transactions in major markets across the U.S.

Mr. Alavi has been instrumental in advising non-U.S. entities in their major investments in the U.S. real property market, including with regard to the sovereign wealth funds of the Emirate of Dubai and the State of Qatar, along with institutional Korean and Chinese insurance companies.

In addition, Mr. Alavi is the Executive Director of the US-GCC Development Council, which focuses on enhanced integration and commercial relations between the United States and the nations that form the Gulf Cooperation Council, particularly in the areas of private equity and asset management.


  • CRE Finance Council, 20 Under 40, Class of 2024
  • Chambers USA, Southern California Real Estate (2021-2023)


  • USC Gould School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Southern California, B.S.


  • Funds controlled by Walton Street Capital in the acquisition and financing of various logistics, industrial and multifamily assets.
  • The sovereign wealth fund of the Emirate of Dubai on the disposition of marque and complex properties in the United States and Mexico.
  • ING Capital in connection with the financing of flagship office and multifamily projects in major gateway markets across the U.S.
  • Qatar Investment Authority on the acquisition of various prominent real estate assets, including major hospitality and office projects.
  • Dutch hotel multinational, citizenM, in connection with over $1 billion of financing transactions including several portfolio wide mortgage and mezzanine financings.
  • Funds controlled by Rialto Capital Management on the disposition and acquisition of major office projects.
  • Elliott Investment Management on the financing of a cutting edge major mixed-use development site in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles.
  • Korean financial conglomerate, Mirae, on various prolific property transactions across the United States.
  • Chinese insurance giant, China Life, on a $950 million portfolio transaction consisting of approximately 50 logistics and industrial assets across dozens of U.S. states.


  • Adjunct Professor at University of Southern California, School of Public Policy
  • Member, Milken Institute Chairman's Circle
  • Executive Director, United States and Gulf Cooperation Council (US-GCC) Development Council

Practice Areas

LIBOR Transition

Real Estate Finance

Real Estate




California Bar


USC Gould School of Law, J.D.

University of Southern California, B.S.

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