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David F. Gieg

Fax +1.843.579.5601

Dave Gieg focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, negotiation of commercial contracts, and general corporate counseling. Mr. Gieg has represented both public and private companies in various industries. He also routinely represents real estate developers and owners and operators of golf, hotel, and resort properties.

Mr. Gieg regularly advises clients in:

  • Mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and similar transactions for public and private companies
  • Negotiated joint ventures and other strategic alliances
  • 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
  • Acquisitions, joint ventures, and management agreements related to golf, hotels, and resorts
  • Golf course development and club membership plans

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
  • 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
  • Represented a private equity fund in its $110 million cross border acquisition of a Caribbean resort
  • 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
  • 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 providing debt financing to the owners of the Cap Juluca Resort in Anguilla, West Indies
  • 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 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 large master planned Caribbean resort community, including negotiation of a joint venture to develop a 5 star luxury hotel project 
  • 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 South Carolina real estate and resort developer in connection with the development of a fractional exchange program at a luxury golf resort in Ireland
  • Negotiated joint ventures and strategic alliances including joint venture agreements between developers and equity providers