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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 LLP’s varied client base takes in foreign investors, REITs, private equity houses, developers and institutional investors. The practice significantly developed its New York offering with the hire of new head of practice Mark Eagan, who joined from Paul Hastings LLP. Eagan’s clients include Ivanhoé Cambridge and GreenOak Real Estate. In Washington DC, key players include Bruce Parmley and Lee Berner, and in a standout matter, Berner continued to advise General Electric on the $23bn sale of its real estate portfolio. Also in Washington DC, David Bonser acted for Parkway Properties in its merger with Cousins Properties and spin-off of Houston assets into a separate public company. The practice also has outlets in Los Angeles and Colorado Springs, with Albert Stemp and David Isbell the respective contacts. Stemp handled a number of important matters in 2016, including representing Hudson Pacific Properties in its $180m joint venture with CPPIB to acquire and finance a newly constructed office project in Seattle, and advising Colony Capital in connection with a $107m equity investment in a luxury apartment developer.

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United States: Finance

Capital markets: debt offerings

Within: Capital markets: debt offerings

Hogan Lovells US LLP leverages its robust regulatory practice to provide a specialist skillset in advising issuers from the regulated industries on debt matters, with healthcare, telecoms, defense, aerospace and life sciences all standing out as strong areas of expertise. Highlights in 2016 saw Washington DC-based Eve Howard acting for HNA Group, the owner of China's fourth-largest airline, on its circa €1.5bn debt finance raising relating its CHF2.7bn (enterprise value) acquisition of cargo handling company Swissport Group from PAI Partners. Also in Washington DC, Richard Parrino advised UnitedHealth Group on its $2.5bn notes offering. Glenn Campbell splits his time between Baltimore and Washington DC and worked alongside Washington DC’s Allen Hicks in advising Lockheed Martin on its $7bn investment grade notes offering, which was used to partially finance its $9bn acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft. Elsewhere, Amy Freed, who splits her time between Baltimore and New York, acted for 21st Century Fox in two offerings of senior unsecured notes totaling $1.1bn. Washington DC-based group head David Bonser is also recommended.

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Capital markets: equity offerings

Within: Capital markets: equity offerings

Hogan Lovells US LLP’s practice is led from Washington DC by David Bonser, and has strong experience in deals concerning regulated industries, particularly healthcare, defense, life sciences, energy and financial services. Issuer mandates continue to account for the majority of instructions and highlights saw Richard Parrino advising cyber security company SecureWorks on its $112m IPO, and Eve Howard and Michael McTiernan acting for Playa Hotels & Resorts during its $100m IPO. On the underwriter side, Daniel Keating assisted UBS Investment Bank with Banc of California’s $100m public offering. In 2016, the group was boosted by the arrival of three corporate partners from Pepper Hamilton LLP: Rachael Bushey, John Duke and Steve Abrams, who co-chaired the life sciences and corporate and securities departments at his former firm, all join the Philadelphia office. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Real estate

Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

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David Bonser - Hogan Lovells US LLP

Within: Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Following the retirement of CEO emeritus Warren Gorrell, capital markets partner David Bonser leads the REIT practice at Hogan Lovells US LLP. Matt Thomson, who was promoted to partner at the beginning of 2016, advised Parkway Properties on its merger with Cousins Properties and the simultaneous spin-off of its Houston-based properties into a new REIT called HoustonCo. Bonser is working on a merger transition between long-term client JBG Companies and Vornado Realty Trust. Another key client is GE, for which Paul Manca and Bruce Gilchrist are handling the separate disposals of its domestic restaurant franchise loan portfolio and hotel finance franchise loan portfolio to several regional banks. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

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