John Gilson represents private equity sponsors, independent sponsors, fundless sponsors, search funds, self-funded searchers, family offices, hedge funds, venture capital investors, SBICs, BDCs, banks, and privately held companies in a broad range of complex business transactions (including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, minority and control equity investments, and cross-border transactions).


John’s practice includes a broad range of corporate transactional matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, corporate finance, and general corporate matters. John has extensive experience representing and counseling privately held and emerging companies with drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, corporate governance, the formation and structure of business entities, incentive compensation, and other operational matters.

Prior to joining the firm, John practiced at Paul Hastings LLP and Morrison Cohen LLP in New York.

Core areas of John’s practice include:

  • Acquisition and Sponsor Finance
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures and Joint Ventures (Buy-Side and Sell-Side)
  • Independent Sponsor / Fundless Sponsor Transactions
  • Structured Credit and Equity Products
  • Mezzanine, Second Lien and Subordinated Debt Investments

John has extensive experience regarding SBIC transactional regulations and has authored articles and lectured on the topic.

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



  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Corporate Finance and Securities, 2013-2018
  • Board Member, Association for Corporate Growth, Inc. (ACG Charlotte Chapter), Chapter President, 2016-2017
  • Chair, Deal Crawl Committee, ACG Charlotte, 2015
  • Graduate, Leadership Charlotte, Class XXXII
  • Chairman, Citizen Schools North Carolina, Advisory Board, 2012-2016
  • Head Coach, South Park Youth Baseball
  • Member, MVA's Public Service Committee
  • Completed 2010 ING NYC Marathon as a member of, and fundraiser for, Team LIVESTRONG
  • Former varsity lacrosse player (two-time captain), University at Albany
  • Former varsity football player, University at Albany
  • Youth Baseball Coach, South Park Youth Association, 2017-present
  • President's National Volunteer Service Award, 2010 & 2011
  • 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


Blogs and Resources




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


Georgetown University Law Center, 2004

J.D., Cardozo Law School; 2003, Dean's Merit Scholar; Managing Editor, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution

B.A., University at Albany; 2000, with honors (Phi Alpha Theta); Dean's List Scholar

E.C.H.T. Scholar, Eastern Michigan University, 1999


  • North Carolina, 2009
  • Connecticut, 2005
  • New York, 2004
  • New Jersey, 2003
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