David W. Bonser > Hogan Lovells US LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hogan Lovells US LLP
United States

Work Department

Corporate and Finance


Global Managing Partner of the Corporate practice; Global Head of the REIT practice


David is the Global Managing Partner of the Corporate practice and Global Head of the REIT practice. He has advised public and private companies on corporate, securities, and partnership transactions for more than 30 years. He has advised issuers and underwriters in more than 100 public and private capital-raising transactions, with a particular focus on helping real estate companies raise capital.

In his public company capital markets practice, David guides companies through complex initial public offerings (IPOs), helping them raise equity and debt capital as public companies, and providing general securities law and governance advice once they are public. In his private capital markets practice, he advises clients on private placements and private equity fund formations.

David also has broad experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and joint ventures for real estate companies, serving as the primary counsel in numerous high-profile transactions over the past 15 years. He has represented buyers, sellers (including special committees of public company boards), partners, and financial advisors.

David has been focusing on real estate investment trust (REITs) since before they were cool; he has been at the forefront of the REIT industry since it took off in the early 1990s. He has served as counsel to issuers and underwriters for dozens of public company REITs.




Member, American Bar Association

Member, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, with honors, 1987

B.A., Duke University, cum laude, 1984

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Hogan Lovells US LLP has a strong record in the REITs area and is singled out for its expertise in high-end transactional mandates for several leading real estate clients. The team fields a deep bench of experts across New York and Washington DC, well-versed in handling large, cross-border matters, including capital markets offerings, and is led by David W. Bonser . Highlights include advising on a $7.5bn REIT merger between Kite and Retail Property of America. The team has considerable experience in high-value IPO’s and REIT-specific taxation work — Prentiss Feagles is the key name here with Cristina Arumi leading the national REITs tax practice. Paul Manca advises multinational clients on corporate and securities matters, with strength in the real estate sector, as does Mike McTiernan. Other key contacts include Stacey McEvoy and Andrew Zahn who handle M&A and complex capital markets transactions, respectively. The group also works closely with its offices in Denver and Baltimore. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.