David Smith's practice focuses on complex investment and development real estate transactions, often involving detailed tax or corporate structuring. He has broad experience in most sectors, including office, retail, industrial, leisure, and hospitality. He has acted for a range of clients including real estate companies, real estate funds, and high net worth investors, many based overseas.
David's recent experience includes advising Goldman Sachs and Greystar Real Estate Partners on their purchase of a portfolio of 21 student and private rent properties, advising CIT Real Estate Partners on the purchase and development of a number of central London properties, and advising Meyer Bergman on their development of a Westfield Shopping Centre in Bradford. He also has acted for a number of overseas private investors purchasing and selling high-profile buildings in the City of London.
Other representative clients include Alanis Capital, CBRE Global Investors, Hilton Hotels, IBRC Assurance Company, Jarvis Hotels, Lioncourt Capital, Macquarie Capital, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds, Somerston Hotels, Warren Private Clients, and Wells Fargo.
- The College of Law, York (Law Society Finals with merit 1992); Bristol University (LL.B. 2 (i) 1991)
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales