David is a senior lawyer in the Real Estate team with over 15 years’ experience gained in the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.  His experience includes property development, property financing, restructuring of projects, real estate investments, property management, project finance, acquisitions and disposals of commercial premises, property investment funds and commercial leasing.

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Recent Experience

  • Advising Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities & Transport (DMT) on the implementation of Abu Dhabi property laws (Law No. 3 of 2015 and accompanying regulations).
  • Advising Aldar Properties on numerous residential, educational, retail and mixed-use development projects and leasing throughout Abu Dhabi.
  • Advising Apollo Global Management Inc. on their USD2.7bn acquisition of a 49% stake in Abu Dhabi Property Leasing Holding Company RSC Ltd from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
  • Advising Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) on its developments on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.
  • Advising Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in the restructuring of its real estate portfolio during the readiness phase of its USD2bn initial public offering on the Abu Dhabi stock exchange (ADX).
  • Advising Tamkeen on leasing and real estate matters at New York University Abu Dhabi.
  • Advising Ashurst, Barclays Bank, BNP Paribas, Burberry, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways, Etihad Rail, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft and SAP on their leases in the UAE.


  • English


1998 – Post-Graduate Legal Practice Course, University of Sheffield

1997 – LLB (Hons) Law, University of Leeds


2001 – Solicitor in England & Wales