Overview

Meg Gibson concentrates her practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and private fund formations. Meg was named one of “The Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago” by Crain’s Chicago Business. Meg has been recognized by Legal Media Group in their Expert Guides: The World’s Leading Lawyers Chosen by Their Peers in the Banking, Finance and Transactional: Private Equity category from 2012-2017 and was acknowledged as one of the top Private Equity practitioners in their Women in Business Law Guide. In 2017, Law Bulletin Media recognized Meg as a “Leading Lawyer” in the area of Securities & Venture Finance Law. She has been named in the 2012-2014 editions of The Legal 500 U.S., where she was singled out for her “combination of tenacity and ability to put clients at ease,” as well her capacity to apply “a consistent but balanced approach to negotiations.” The IFLR1000 cited her for receiving “considerable praise from peers.”

Representative Clients

A&M Capital; Alvarez & Marsal; Bank of America; Citadel; CIVC Partners; Corrum Capital; JR Capital; Pollen Street Capital; Prairie Capital; Resource Land Holdings; Ridgemont Equity Partners; ValueAct Capital; VikingPeak Energy; Woodbury Strategic Partners; and Worldwide Express

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Thought Leadership

Publications

“Navigating Down Round Financings: A Guide for VCs,” The Venture Capital Review

“The Intractable Debt/Equity Problem: A New Structure for Analyzing Shareholder Advances,” Northwestern Law Review

 Editor and contributor to Kirkland Private Equity Newsletter (PEN)

Seminars

University of Michigan's Ross School of Management Women Who Fund Forum, Keynote Speaker, September 29, 2016

University of Michigan Seminar, Speaker: Economics at Work, October 30, 2015

Kellogg School of Management Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference, Moderator: Founding the Private Equity Firm, February 20, 2013

Kellogg Business School, Guest Lecturer, Private Equity: Wall Street, Hedge Funds and LBO Funds, 2013 and 2009

Kellogg School of Management Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference, Moderator: Fundraising in the New Private Equity Environment, February 15, 2012

Kellogg School of Management Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference: Value Creation in the New Decade, Moderator, February 9, 2011

Private Equity World: Latin America, Speaker: Case study: Maxcom Telecomunicaciones initial public offering, June 5, 2008

5th Annual Global M&A Conference, Panelist, May 8–9, 2008

Kellogg School of Management Private Equity Conference, Moderator: Large-cap vs. Mid-cap Private Equity, February 21, 2007

Kellogg School of Management Private Equity Conference, Moderator: Present Opportunities and Future Challenges, February 1, 2006

Kellogg School of Management Private Equity Conference, Moderator: Why Venture Capital Investing by Corporations Makes Sense, March 9, 2005

PricewaterhouseCoopers General Counsel Forum, Moderator: Post Sarbanes-Oxley Regulated Era, November 18–19, 2004

State Treasurer’s Conference - Alternative Asset Vehicles, September 13, 2004

Kellogg School of Management Private Equity Conference, Moderator: The Future of VC Investment in Technology Companies, March 3, 2004

Continuing Education Institute’s Advanced Strategies for Private Investment Funds, Guest Lecturer: Secondary Interests Issues for Private Equity Funds, November 18, 2003

 

Recognition

Listed as a “Leading Lawyer” by Law Bulletin Media in the area of Securities & Venture Finance Law

Listed in Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides: The World’s Leading Lawyers Chosen by Their Peers in Banking, Finance and Transactional: Private Equity, 2012–2017

Listed in The Legal 500 U.S., 2007, 2012–2014

Listed in the Illinois Super Lawyers list for Mergers and Acquisitions, 2005-2006, 2008–2013

“very talented and bright corporate transactional attorney”, The Legal 500 U.S. 2014

“combination of tenacity and ability to put clients at ease”, The Legal 500 U.S. 2013

“applies a consistent but balanced approach to negotiations”, The Legal 500 U.S. 2012

“experienced, smart and hardworking”, The Legal 500 U.S. 2007

“received considerable praise”, IFLR1000 2007

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Gift of Adoption Fund, National Board, President

  • Kenilworth Union Church, Board of Trustees, Former General Counsel

  • Northwestern Law Board, Member

  • Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), Keystone Board Member

  • University of Michigan, Dean's Advisory Council

  • University of Michigan, Economics Department Leadership Council

Firm Management

  • Budget Subcommittee (Co-Chair)

  • Business Development Committee

  • Finance Committee

  • Private Equity Newsletter (Editor)

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • Illinois
  • New York

Education

  • Northwestern Pritzker School of LawJ.D.cum laude1987
    Note and Comment Editor, Northwestern University Law Review
  • University of MichiganB.A.with Class Honors1984