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David F. Gieg

Partner
+1.843.579.5623
Fax +1.843.579.5601

Dave Gieg is a real estate and corporate lawyer serving clients domestically and internationally with their transactional needs.  Mr. Gieg focuses his practice on real estate and corporate transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and financings, with specialization in hotel transactions and the resort and hospitality industry generally.  Mr. Gieg routinely represents real estate developers, owners and operators in connection with transactions across all asset classes including hotel and resort properties, golf courses, commercial, multifamily and mixed use properties.  Mr. Gieg has worked on a variety of cross border projects, including resort projects in the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East.  Dave also has deep experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, negotiation of commercial contracts, and general corporate counseling.

Mr. Gieg regularly advises clients in:

  • Acquisitions, joint ventures, and management agreements related to golf, hotels, and resorts
  • Negotiation of Hotel and Resort Management Agreements, Franchise Agreements and Branded Residence Marketing and License Agreements
  • Negotiated joint ventures and other strategic alliances  
  • Mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and similar transactions for public and private companies
  • Corporate organization, reorganization, and restructuring 
  • General corporate and commercial matters, including negotiation of commercial contracts, shareholder agreements and LLC operating agreements, and entity formation and capitalization

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Gieg practiced with another Charleston firm and worked for three years as senior in-house counsel to a public company in Atlanta, Georgia, where his practice focused on negotiation of complex commercial contracts and on representing the company in its M&A transactions. Prior to that, Mr. Gieg worked for five years in the corporate and securities practice group of a large Atlanta law firm.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Urban Land Institute, Member

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE Presentation: Real Estate Joint Ventures, 2017
  • SC Bar Convention: An Introduction to CMBS Financing, 2015
  • Represented a real estate investment firm in the acquisition of a large portfolio of raw land throughout the Southeast, including negotiation of management agreements and joint venture documentation
  • Represented a real estate investment firm in the $50 million acquisition and financing of a large office complex in the Southeast, including the negotiation of a joint venture with a capital partner
  • Represents a Chicago-based hotel owner, developer and operator in the acquisition and financing of numerous hotels throughout the United States, including negotiating loan documents, joint venture agreements, franchise agreements and hotel management agreements related to transactions
  • Represented a private equity fund in the $26 million acquisition and financing of and negotiation of a resort management agreement for a luxury hotel in Utah
  • Represented a private equity fund and luxury hotel brand in the development of a large resort and master planned community in Barbuda, West Indies
  • Counsel to a South Carolina real estate and resort developer in connection with the development of a large master planned Caribbean resort community, including negotiation of a joint venture to develop a 5 star luxury hotel project
  • Represents the land owner and developer in connection with the negotiation of a hotel management agreement relating to the development of a luxury hotel and branded residences in Doha, Qatar
  • Represented a private equity fund in its $110 million cross border acquisition of a Caribbean resort
  • Counsel to a private equity fund in a $20 million cross border transaction including a secured credit facility and acquisition of certain real property assets at a luxury Caribbean resort
  • Counsel to a U.S. based resort and hospitality developer and management company in connection with the negotiation of numerous resort management agreements in the United States and the Caribbean
  • Counsel to a South Carolina real estate and resort developer in connection with the development of a fractional exchange program at a luxury golf resort in Ireland
  • Counsel to a Fortune 100 company in the $80 million divestiture of its consumer packaging division
  • Counsel to a public company in its $85 million acquisition of a vitamin and supplement manufacturer
  • Counsel to a Georgia public company in connection with several mergers, acquisitions and divestitures including the $1.2 billion sale of the company