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Ashlee Sawyer Gilson

Associate
Northern Virginia

Ashlee Sawyer Gilson

Ashlee Sawyer Gilson advises clients on both buy-side and sell-side deals, stock and asset transactions, and private equity portfolio transactions. In addition to her role on deal teams, Ashlee frequently assists clients with corporate governance matters.

She maintains an active pro bono practice and regularly advises clients on not-for-profit corporate governance matters and veteran's benefits. Ashlee previously clerked for the Honorable Myron T. Steele of the Delaware Supreme Court and served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Kevin R. Huennekens of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

While in law school at the University of Virginia, Ashlee served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Tax Review and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review.

Representative Experience

Advised KBR, Inc., a global technology, engineering, procurement, and construction company, in its $US600m acquisition of Wyle Inc., a specialized government services provider.

Acquisition by KBR, Inc. of Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., a leading professional, technical, and mission support service provider primarily to U.S. government agencies, from Honeywell International Inc.

Advised 21st Century Fox in the formation of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between Fox and The National Geographic Society.

Advised MAXIMUS (NYSE: MMS) in its US$300m purchase of Acentia, a technology and management solution-provider to government and health agencies.

Advised Affinia Group in the separate sales of its global chassis and filtration businesses for total enterprise value of approximately US$1.5bn.

Advised broadcasters, including Fox Television Stations and Home Shopping Network, in television station acquisitions and dispositions.

Advised a senior housing company and its affiliates in financing and loan modification transactions and the disposition of its U.S. portfolio.

Advised a private equity portfolio company in general corporate matters and a strategic acquisition of a housewares manufacturer.

Advised a power generation company in the sale of its interests in a hydroelectric facility.

Advised a private equity fund in connection with the acquisition of a manufacturer and marketer of outdoor products and housewares.

Advised a wealth management firm in connection with its strategic combination with an SEC-registered investment advisory firm.

Advised several publicly traded real estate investment trusts in connection with at-the-market offerings and a short-form common shares offering.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Virginia School of Law, 2012
  • B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Dean's List, University of Chicago, 2008

Memberships

  • Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia State Bar
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Court admissions

  • Supreme Court of Virginia
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