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
  • Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs)
  • Business Development Companies (BDCs)
  • Venture Capital and Debt
  • Financial Technology (FinTech)
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 senior and mezzanine finance, private equity, venture capital, and financial technology and products. He primarily represents banks, business development companies (BDCs), small business investment companies (SBICs), private equity sponsors and venture capital investors in their investment and finance transactions.  

Core areas of his practice include:

  • Leveraged and acquisition finance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions 
  • Mezzanine, Second Lien and Unitranche capital investments
  • Healthcare finance
  • Syndicated and asset-based lending
  • Structured credit products  
  • Financial technology products and services

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

Of Note

  • North Carolina Super Lawyer, (2013-2017), Corporate Finance, Rising Star
  • Chapter President, Association for Corporate Growth, Inc. (Charlotte Chapter) (present)
  • Chair, Deal Crawl Committee, ACG Charlotte (2015 to present)
  • Graduate, Leadership Charlotte (Class XXXII)
  • Chairman, Citizen Schools North Carolina, Advisory Board (2012 to present
  • 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