David is a real estate lawyer with focus on structured investment and development.
David advises clients on their most complex transactions and projects. His experience includes structured investment transactions (including buying/selling property through corporate acquisitions and disposals), development and regeneration projects, and joint ventures (including development joint ventures), as well as major leasing and finance-related work.
Based in London, David has worked on many of the largest deals and developments in the City, as well as advising clients internationally on cross-border and pan-European deals. David is focused on delivering strong commercial outcomes and has developed close relationships with many of the firm's key clients, including international investors, property companies, private equity funds, corporate occupiers, lenders and public sector bodies.
David's expertise in the real estate market is highlighted by his listing as a recommended lawyer in Chambers UK.
Experience & expertise
- Madison Square Garden Company on the proposed development of MSG Sphere London
- Clients of AEW Europe on the structured disposal of Bath Road Central (18 building office estate in Slough) for £425 million by way of the sale of 5 property-holding JPUTs
- PineBridge Benson Elliot
- on the acquisition, refinancing and disposal of a portfolio of regional UK assets in a series of transactions with an aggregate deal value of circa £500 million
- on the structured acquisition and financing of the £132 million UK Bentley Portfolio from Legal & General by way of the W&I insurance-backed acquisition of the units in two property holding Jersey Property Unit Trusts
- on its three-way joint venture with Walton Street Capital and Algonquin for the €420 million acquisition of a pan-European portfolio of eight hotels in five jurisdictions from a consortium comprising Host Hotels, GIC and ABP
- on the acquisition, financing and proposed development of the Mark Lane Estate in the City of London
- Brookfield on all aspects of the development of the 600,000 square foot London Wall Place prime office scheme in the City of London, including:
- land assembly and options with the City of London, agreements with statutory undertakers and utility providers, adjoining owner agreements, rights of light settlements, joint venture agreements, corporate restructuring and development financing
- major pre-lettings (including to Schroders for its new global HQ) and the sale of One London Wall Place to AGC for £480 million; and
- the sale of Two London Wall Place to Kingboard Investments for £302 million
- Hammerson on the £518 million disposal of its London office portfolio to Brookfield, comprising 125 Old Broad Street, 99 Bishopsgate, Principal Place, Leadenhall Court and a portfolio of other interests in Shoreditch High Street
- Greater London Authority on all aspects of its procurement process to select a development partner for the £1.5 billion regeneration of the 62-acre Silvertown Quays in the Royal Docks, to create a new destination for London