The arrival of the 29-year-old lock will be a major boost to the Scarlets as they prepare for the new season which includes a difficult Heineken Cup draw.
The transfer of Louw from French side Clermont Auvergne looked to be in jeopardy under new regulations brought in on February 8. But the Scarlets successfully appealed to the Home Office as Louw was signed before the regulations came into force.
Scarlets Chief Executive Stuart Gallacher was pleased to have wrapped the drawn out deal up. He said: "We're delighted and looking forward to Hottie joining us in a few weeks."
The Scarlets will face Heineken Cup holders Toulouse, former champions Wasps and Scottish outfit Edinburgh following last week's draw for the pool stages of next season's competition
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.