Gavin A. White advises clients on a wide variety of U.S. and international tax matters, including public and private acquisitions, divestitures, bankruptcy reorganizations, equity and debt offerings, and joint ventures. Mr. White serves as hiring partner for the New York office and is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.


Mr. White’s representative matters include:

  • Sealed Air Corporation on its $3.2 billion sale of Diversey Care to Bain Capital;
  • CBS Corporation (as special REIT tax counsel) in the spin-off and REIT conversion of its subsidiary, CBS Outdoor Americas Inc.; and in the $644 million initial public offering of common stock of CBS Outdoor Americas;
  • News Corporation in its $950 million acquisition of Move, Inc.;
  • Joh. A. Benckiser GmbH, a holding company based in Germany, as the lead investor in its US$9.8 billion acquisition of D.E. Master Blenders 1753 N.V. (the Netherlands), a coffee and tea producer. Skadden also advised on the related €3.3 billion acquisition financing, which won International Financial Review’s “EMEA Leveraged Loan of the Year” award for 2013;
  • Danaher Corporation in its $13.8 billion acquisition of Pall Corporation; and in the US$2.6 billion merger of its communications business with NetScout Systems, Inc.;
  • Permira Funds (United Kingdom) in the $3.5 billion sale of its portfolio company, Arysta LifeScience Limited (Ireland), to Platform Specialty Products Corporation; and in the $2.8 billion sale of its portfolio company Iglo Foods Holdings Limited (United Kingdom) to Nomad Holdings Limited (British Virgin Islands);
  • Longview Asset Management, LLC in connection with the $8.7 billion acquisition of PetSmart, Inc. by a consortium led by BC Partners (United Kingdom);
  • Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC, an owner and acquirer of transportation and transportation-related infrastructure assets, in its $340 million initial public offering of common shares representing limited liability company interests;
  • Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. and a private equity consortium, including The Blackstone Group L.P., The Carlyle Group LP, Permira Funds (United Kingdom) and TPG Capital, L.P., in Freescale’s $11.8 billion acquisition by NXP Semiconductors NV (the Netherlands);
  • NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. in several transactions, including its acquisitions of the e-Speed platform for electronic trading in U.S. Treasury securities, Instinet Group, Inc. and Direct Reporting Corporation; its repurchase of $500 million of common stock from Bourse Dubai Limited; its sale of International Derivatives Clearing Group; and numerous debt and equity offerings;
  • Bai Brands, LLC on its $1.7 billion acquisition by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.; and
  • NXP Semiconductors N.V. on its $47 billion acquisition by Qualcomm Incorporated.



  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2004 (Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review; Order of the Coif)
  • A.B., Princeton University, 2001


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