Alan Samson is an English and New York qualified partner based in the firm's London office. He co-chairs the firm's real estate group and heads the European real estate private equity team. He joined the firm in May 2000 as the firm's first English law partner.
Mr. Samson has more than 25 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial real estate and real estate finance, including corporate and investment property acquisitions and disposals, acquisition financing and joint ventures. As the credit crunch has taken hold, a large part of his practice has been focused on the acquisition of real estate loan portfolios (whole loans, senior and/or junior notes and structured pieces) from financial institutions, distressed/vulture fund formation, recapitalisations, mezzanine loan origination and debt restructurings and workouts. His client base is largely made up of US and European financial investors (primarily opportunity and private equity funds).
Mr. Samson has been named as one of the “Hot 100” movers and shakers of the legal profession in The Lawyer magazine's survey. When assembling their dream team of 40 lawyers to start a new “magic circle” firm, Legal Business nominated Mr. Samson as head of their fantasy firm's real estate group. He is featured as a leading real estate lawyer in the most recent edition of Legal Experts (published by Legal Business) and is regularly ranked among London's leading real estate finance lawyers in Chambers' UK Guide to the Legal Profession and the Legal 500 UK. He was recently identified by Chambers UK 2015 as a leading lawyer in the fields of Real Estate and Real Estate Finance. He is included in the current London Super Lawyers list. The 2015 edition of Legal 500 UK ranks Mr. Samson as a ‘leading individual’ for both Commercial Property and Commercial Property: Hotels and Leisure, and also recommends him for Property Finance. In addition, he is recognized by the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom as a leading lawyer for Real Estate, Real Estate Finance and Financial Services. In 2014, Private Equity Real Estate readers voted his team law firm of the year for Europe transactions.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Samson spent 10 years at and was a partner with a major London law firm, where he both headed that firm's North America Group and was a member of their Property Finance Group. He also practiced for several years (during the early 1990s) with Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York as part of an exchange programme.
Mr. Samson is a former member of the editorial board of the Property Law Journal and has published in the Real Estate Finance Journal. He is also a member of the NYU London-New York Real Estate Roundtable and the Urban Land Institute and is a regular speaker at conferences on real estate private equity and banking and finance topics.