David W. Bonser | Washington, D.C. | Hogan Lovells

David W. Bonser

Partner Corporate & Finance

Bonser David

David W. Bonser
Bonser David
  • Overview
  • Experience
  • Credentials
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quote mark

'David Bonser has become the elder statesman of the practice and given his breadth of experience, is exceptional in front of a board when dealing with 'bet the company' transactions.'

Client quoted in Legal 500 US 2023

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. He is a regular speaker at industry events, and has been ranked for years in Tier 1 for REITs in both Chambers and Legal 500.

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David Bonser is lauded for his expertise spanning REIT IPOs and other capital markets transactions.

Chambers USA 2023

Representative experience

Represented The JBG Companies in its US$10bn merger and spin-off transaction with Vornado Realty Trust to create JBG SMITH Properties.

Represented Colony NorthStar in its US$5.5bn tri-party merger transaction with NorthStar Real Estate Income Trust Inc. and NorthStar Real Estate Income II Inc.

Represented The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT II Inc. in its US$8.6bn merger transaction with Phillips Edison & Company Inc.

Represented Bell Partners Inc. in the formation of three real estate investment funds raising more than US$1.2bn.

Represented Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and other underwriters as underwriters' counsel in the US$250m IPO by Hudson Pacific Properties.

Represented QTS Realty Trust in its US$300m IPO and multiple subsequent follow-on common stock, preferred stock, and debt offerings.

Represented RLJ Lodging Trust in its merger transaction with FelCor Lodging Trust, creating one of the largest lodging REITs with a combined enterprise value of US$7bn.

Represented Industrial Income Trust in its US$6.4bn sale to Global Logistic Properties.

Represented Kite Realty Group Trust in its US$2.1bn acquisition of Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust.

Represented RLJ Lodging Trust in its US$570m IPO and multiple subsequent follow-on common stock offerings.

Represented J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, and other underwriters as underwriters' counsel in the US$300m IPO by Retail Properties of America.


  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, with honors, 1987
  • B.A., Duke University, cum laude, 1984
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • District of Columbia
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts


Dealmaker of the Year

The American Lawyer

Real Estate: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Hall of Fame

Legal500 US

REITs (Nationwide)

Chambers USA

Finance: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, Recommended

Legal 500 US

Finance: Capital Markets: Equity Offerings, Recommended

Legal 500 US

Real Estate: Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Leading Lawyer

Legal 500 US

Real Estate MVP


Capital Markets: Debt, Notable Practitioner


Capital Markets: Equity, Notable Practitioner


Real Estate, Notable Practitioner


M&A/Corporate and Commercial: M&A: Large Deals ($1bn+), Recommended

Legal 500 US

M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards

Legal 500 US