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David Bonser advises and represents public and private companies on a wide variety of corporate, securities and partnership transactions, with a particular focus on transactions involving real estate companies. These transactions include public and private equity and debt securities offerings, public and private mergers, asset acquisitions and dispositions, stock purchases, investment fund formation and joint ventures. He regularly advises clients on general business issues and general securities law and reporting compliance matters.


National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.


University of Texas School of Law (JD, with honors, 1987); Duke University (BA, cum laude, 1984).

United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

Hogan Lovells US LLPcompares favorably with its competitors in this space’. The wide-ranging real estate practice acts for investors, developers, financers and property occupiers across the full gamut of real estate matters, including acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, financing, and property development, and the team also has a strong real estate litigation practice. The firm has been notably active in the retail, residential and hotels and hospitality sectors; notable highlights include advising General Electric on the sale of its $32bn global real estate debt and equity portfolio to Blackstone and Wells Fargo, and acting as underwriters’ counsel in the $2.3bn IPO of Paramount Group, which owns a number of premier office buildings across the US. In the funds space, the firm has advised JBG Companies on its $600m formation of a private real estate investment fund (Fund VI), and has also acted for Hermes Investment Management on the launch of its $300m real estate income fund, which focuses on US East Coast properties. Mark Eagan heads the practice from New York and has significant expertise representing foreign and domestic banks as well as sovereign wealth funds and other lenders and investors. Bruce Parmley and David Bonser are the key figures in Washington DC; Parmley has extensive experience in the hotels and resorts sector, and Bonser heads the firm’s equity and debt capital markets group.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

The ‘practical group’ at Hogan Lovells US LLP scores highly for its ‘immediate response times’, ‘tailor-made advice’ and ‘strong business acumen’. The issuer-side practice is a prominent player in regulated industry-related offerings and is particularly sought after by companies in the life sciences, communications and aerospace sectors. Key highlights include Eve Howard advising Apple on over $52bn of debt offerings during 2017, including a $10bn senior bond offering. On the life sciences side, Richard Parrino acted for UnitedHealth Group on around $6.8bn worth of public debt offerings. David Bonser heads the group and advised the underwriters on Hudson Pacific Properties’ $400m notes offering. The team also includes Stuart Stein and Northern Virginia-based ‘knowledgeable problem-solver’ Kevin Greenslade. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC, unless otherwise stated.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s capital markets team, which stands out for its ‘problem-solving approach’, leverages the firm’s global weight in regulated industries to specialize in representing clients in the healthcare, life sciences, financial services, TMT and aerospace and defense sectors. Notable examples include Philadelphia’s Steve Abrams assisting OptiNose with its $138m IPO, and Washington DC’s Richard Parrino advising Dell Technologies on the sale of $1.1bn of ‘tracked’ VMware stock in three transactions. Manager-side work is also becoming a more prominent feature of the practice and Washington DC-based department head David Bonser advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as the underwriter, on Hudson Pacific’s $653.6m public offering, while a New York team of Lewis Cohen and counsel David Tyler served as US counsel to the banks acting as Brazilian and international placement agents on a share offering by IRB Brasil Resseguros.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s national coverage was greatly enhanced by the arrival of a prominent team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, led by Richard Climan, Keith Flaum and Jane Ross, to its Silicon Valley office in 2017. The team brings a wealth of technology sector experience, having advised on many of the largest transactions involving West Coast-based tech companies. Before joining the firm, Flaum advised Oracle on a series of transactions, including its $9.3bn acquisition of NetSuite. The firm is also strong in real estate deals, especially those involving REITs, as well as in aerospace, defense and government-related transactions. The automotive, healthcare and life sciences sectors are also key for the firm, and it is looking to grow its presence in relation to energy, natural resources and infrastructure; to this end it hired energy sector specialist Greg Hill into its Houston office from Locke Lord LLP in 2017. Major clients include Oracle, Dell Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Novartis, Honeywell, Allergan, Daimler and General Electric. The firm advised JBG Companies on its $8.4bn merger with Vornado Realty Trust to create JBG Smith Properties, the largest public real estate company in Washington DC. It also represented Orbital ATK, an aerospace and defense technologies company, in its $9.2bn sale to global security company Northrop Grumman. Clients praise the team for its expertise in ‘complex cross-border deals’, its ‘sterling and unmatched service’, its ability to act as ‘true collaborators and counselors’ and for ‘never letting the legal cart drive the business horse’. New York and Washington DC based global head of the M&A practice William Curtingets impossible deals done’ and is commended for his ‘experience, creativity, availability and business understanding’. Joseph Gilligan is co-chair of the US M&A committee and New York’s Alex Johnson is a key name in media and private equity transactions. New York partner Adam Golden is recommended for healthcare and life sciences deals, and Glenn Campbell (Baltimore) and Elizabeth Donley are also pivotal members of the team. David Bonser is a leader in real estate and REIT transactions. Attorneys are Washington DC based unless stated otherwise.

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United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Within: Leading lawyers

David Bonser - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Within: Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Hogan Lovells US LLP finds favor for its ‘deep and experienced bench’ and its ‘broad knowledge in all aspects of the REIT market’. Particularly admired for its strong experience in IPOs - it has acted as either issuer’s or underwriters’ counsel on four of the five largest REIT IPOs in history - it also shines in M&A, joint ventures and corporate governance matters. The sizeable Washington DC-centered team counts several market leaders among its ranks, including group head David Bonser (‘strong industry knowledge combined with a great worth ethic’) and tax specialist Prentiss Feagles. Highlights included Bonser advising JBG Companies on its merger with Vornado Realty Trust, to create the largest public real estate company in Washington DC. Stuart Barr acted for Hilton Worldwide on corporate and tax matters concerning the spin-off of its global real estate portfolio into a new REIT, Park Hotels & Resorts. Other respected senior names are Cameron Cosby, Michael McTiernan and Bruce Gilchrist. The team also fields an impressive line of younger partners, which includes Matt Thomson and newly promoted partners Stacey McEvoy and Leslie Reese.

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