Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys
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  • B.A., University at Albany; 2000, with honors (Phi Alpha Theta); Dean's List Scholar
  • E.C.H.T. Scholar, Eastern Michigan University, 1999
  • Georgetown University Law Center, 2004
  • J.D., Cardozo Law School; 2003, Dean's Merit Scholar; Managing Editor, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution
  • New Jersey, 2003
  • New York, 2004
  • Connecticut, 2005
  • North Carolina, 2009
  • Corporate
  • Independent Sponsor / Fundless Sponsor transactions
  • Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs)
  • Business Development Companies (BDCs)
  • Venture Capital and Debt
  • Specialty Lending
100 North Tryon Street
Suite 4700
Charlotte, NC 28202-4003

John C. Gilson

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John Gilson has a broad base of experience in finance and corporate related areas, including, private equity and debt, senior and mezzanine finance, venture capital, and financial technology and products. He primarily represents banks, business development companies (BDCs), small business investment companies (SBICs), independent sponsors, fundless sponsors, private equity sponsors and venture capital investors in their investment and finance transactions. 

John is also a member of the Investment Management practice, with a focus on private investment fund formation and portfolio transactions.

Core areas of his practice include:

  • Acquisition and Sponsor finance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (Buy-side and Sell-side)
  • Independent Sponsor / Fundless Sponsor transactions
  • Mezzanine, Second Lien and Unitranche capital investments
  • Structured credit and equity products 
  • Consumer / Specialty lending

Mr. Gilson has extensive experience regarding SBIC transactional regulations and has authored articles and lectured on the topic.  He also represents specialty lending companies in connection with their lending origination services, consumer products, tech platforms and merchant services.  Prior to joining Moore & Van Allen, Mr. Gilson practiced at Paul Hastings LLP and Morrison Cohen LLP in New York City.

Of Note

  • North Carolina Super Lawyer, 2013-2018, Corporate Finance, Rising Star
  • Board Member, Association for Corporate Growth, Inc. (Charlotte Chapter), present; Chapter President, 2016-2017

  • Chair, Deal Crawl Committee, ACG Charlotte, 2015 to present
  • Graduate, Leadership Charlotte, Class XXXII
  • Chairman, Citizen Schools North Carolina, Advisory Board, 2012-2016 
  • Member, MVA's Public Service Committee, 2009 to present
  • Completed 2010 ING NYC Marathon as a member of, and fundraiser for, Team LIVESTRONG
  • Captain (two-time), NCAA Division I Lacrosse Team, University at Albany
  • Player on the University at Albany varsity football team


  • Recipient of President's National Volunteer Service Award, 2010 & 2011
  • Recipient of Charlotte Business Journal's Corporate Volunteerism Award, 2010
  • Citizen Schools "Spotlight Citizen Teacher" for volunteer work done at Eastway Middle School, 2010 
  • American Judges Foundation, Essay Competition Winner, "Spoliation Sanctions in the Post-Enron Corporate Community; Procedural Remedies Used to Deter Substantive Corporate Fraud," 2003

Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth, Inc. - Carolinas Chapter