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
  • 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’s practice includes a broad range of corporate transactional matters, with a focus on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and general corporate matters. He primarily represents private equity sponsors, independent sponsors, fundless sponsors, 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. In addition, Mr. Gilson 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 Moore & Van Allen, Mr. Gilson practiced at Paul Hastings LLP, and was also with the M&A/Private Equity and Finance Groups of Morrison Cohen LLP’s New York office.

Core areas of his 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 Unitranche Capital Investments

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

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

Of Note

  • 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
  • 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 to 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

Professional Affiliations

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