Jeff Gilson

Partner, Chicago



Jeff Gilson is a partner in the Firm's Global M&A Practice Group. He is based in the Chicago office. Jeff focuses his practice on advising public companies, private equity funds and their portfolio companies on the structuring and negotiation of complex business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of both public and private companies, corporate restructurings, employment and equity agreements, as well as their general corporate governance needs.

Jeff's transactional experience spans a variety of industries, including technology and artificial intelligence, health care, food and beverage, banking and digital assets, gaming, communications, manufacturing, transportation, recycling, business information, consulting and insurance.

Jeff also serves as one of the Firm's lead partners in charge of pro bono work for the Chicago office.

Bars and Courts
Illinois State Bar
University of Chicago Law School
Kalamazoo College


Representative matters include the representation of:

  • Air France-KLM, in its consortium investment of $1.2 billion in restructuring aid to Scandinavian airline SAS AB, replacing previous debtor-in-possession Apollo Global Management.
  • Asahi Europe & International Ltd., in the acquisition of Octopi Brewing, LLC, a leading beverage production and co-packing facility located in Wisconsin, via purchase of all of its equity interests and properties.
  • IFS North America, Inc., an affiliate of Industrial and Financial Systems, IFS AB, a leading global cloud enterprise software company, in its acquisition of Falkonry Inc., an industrial artificial intelligence software company that provides automated, high-speed data analysis to the manufacturing and defense industries.
  • Ross Acquisition Corp. II, on its proposed $280 million business combination with APRINOIA Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
  • Blackrock, in its investment in an international mining group.
  • Ara Partners Group, LLC, a leading private equity firm specializing in industrial decarbonization investments, in its majority interest investment in Lincoln Terminal Holdings, LP, a leading renewable fuel logistics and infrastructure provider in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.
  • I Squared Capital Advisors, in numerous transactions, including the merger of its portfolio company, American Intermodal Management (AIM), with Flexi-Van Leasing, a major marine chassis provider in the United States.
  • Sole Source Capital LLC, a lower-middle market private equity firm, in numerous acquisitions.
  • Roscommon Analytics, a technology and analytics company focused on the energy sector, in various transactions.
  • Altor and its portfolio company Trioworld, a leader within sustainable plastic film products, in Trioworld’s acquisition of Canadian and US-based Malpack, a leading company that specializes in high-performance stretch film for the transit packaging sector.
  • Aptean, Inc., a portfolio company of Vista Equity Partners, in its acquisition of Lascom S.A., a leader in project lifecycle management solutions for the manufacturing sector.
  • Gelnex, a leading global producer of gelatin and collagen products, in its acquisition by Darling Ingredients Inc. 
    (NYSE: DAR), the largest publicly traded company turning edible by-products and food waste into sustainable products, as well as a leading producer of renewable energy.
  • Hexatronic Group AB, a NASDAQ OMX Stockholm-listed leading technology group that specializes in fiber communications products, in its acquisition of US-based Rochester Cable, a leading manufacturer of electro-optical cables for operation in harsh environments, from industrial technology company TE Connectivity.
  • Victory Park Capital, a leading private equity firm focused on emerging and established businesses across various industries in the United States and abroad, in numerous transactions, including:
    • VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings (NASDAQ: VIH), in its $200 million IPO and subsequent $2.1 billion business combination with Bakkt Holdings (NYSE: BKKT), a digital asset marketplace.
    • VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings II (NASDAQ: VPCB), in its $225 million IPO and proposed $2.5 billion business combination with FinAccel, Southeast Asia’s leading provider of digital financial services and parent of artificial intelligence-enabled digital consumer credit platform Kredivo.
    • VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings III, Inc. (NYSE: VPCC), in its $225 million IPO and subsequent $4 billion business combination with Dave Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE), a digital banking platform.
  • Monroe Capital, a private credit asset management firm specializing in direct lending and opportunistic private credit investing, in multiple transactions.
  • dMY Technology Group Inc., in its $1.8 billion business combination with Rush Street Interactive LP, an online sports-betting and casino company.
  • Forum Merger II Corp., in its $482 million business combination with Ittella International, a plant-based food company.
  • Entrepreneurial Equity Partners, in the acquisition of Grecian Delight Foods, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of Greek and Mediterranean inspired cuisine.

Representative matters prior to joining White & Case include the representation of:

  • GTCR, in a series of transactions, including:
    • The $800 million sale of Greatcall, Inc. to Best Buy Co., Inc.
    • The $841 million acquisition of PR Newswire from UBM plc, and the divestiture of PR Newswire’s US and UK Agility business to Innodata.
    • The $150 million sale of Avention to business data and analytics company Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB).
    • The strategic equity investment in Transaction Data Systems, Inc. (Rx30).
    • The sale of AssuredPartners to Apax Partners.
    • The $900 million sale of Capella Healthcare to Medical Properties Trust, Inc.
  • Cision, Ltd., in a series of transactions, including:
    • The acquisition of social media company
    • The acquisition of global research organization PRIME Research.
    • The consummation of multiple secondary offerings.
    • The $2.4 billion merger with Capitol Acquisition Corp. III, and the formation of public company Cision Ltd.
  • Platinum Equity, in a series of acquisitions, including:
    • The acquisition of American & Efird from KPS Capital Partners, LP.
    • The acquisition of PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. from ITOCHU Corporation.
  • Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), in its acquisition of a third-party administrator of health benefit plans.
  • TA Associates, in its acquisition of Healix, Inc.
  • Willis Stein & Partners, in the sale of Strategic Materials, Inc. to Littlejohn & Co., LLC.
  • Bain Capital Private Equity, in its acquisition of Epic Health Services from Webster Capital.
  • Madison Dearborn Partners, in its strategic growth commitment of $100 million to Ankura Consulting Group, and subsequent strategic combination with ARPC.
  • Harren Equity Partners, in its acquisition of Circa Corporation of America.
  • National Industrial Coatings, in its acquisition by a private investment group.
  • Blue Point Capital Partners, L.P., in its acquisition of Handi Quilter.
Awards and Recognition

Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch," Best Lawyers, 2024