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 the firm’s global hiring partner. He has been repeatedly recognized in Chambers USA and The Legal 500 and, in 2020, was included in Crain’s inaugural Notable LBGTQ Leaders & Executives list in honoring 70 LGBTQ professionals in a variety of industries. He also previously was named one of Law360’s Rising Stars in Tax.

Mr. White’s representative matters include:

  • Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. in its $71.3 billion acquisition by the Walt Disney Company and the related premerger spin-off of certain news, sports and broadcast businesses;
  • Express Scripts in its $67 billion acquisition by Cigna Corporation and its $3.6 billion acquisition of EviCore Healthcare, LLC;
  • Centene Corporation in its $17.3 billion merger with WellCare Health Plans, Inc. and its $2.2 billion acquisition of Magellan Health;
  • LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton S.E. in its $15.9 billion acquisition of Tiffany & Co.;
  • Fortive Corporation in its $3 billion tax-free spin-off via a Reverse Morris Trust of four operating companies from its Automation & Specialty platform to Altra Industrial Motion Corp. and its tax free spin-off of Vontier;
  • Sealed Air Corporation on its $3.2 billion sale of Diversey Care to Bain Capital;
  • Dentsply Sirona in its $1 billion acquisition of Byte;
  • 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; the US$2.6 billion merger of its communications business with NetScout Systems, Inc.; its tax-free spin-off of its specialty industrials business into a separate, publicly traded company called Fortive Corp.;
  • Permira Funds in a number of matters, including the $3.5 billion sale of its portfolio company Arysta Life-Science Limited (Ireland), to Platform Specialty Products Corporation; the $2.8 billion sale of its portfolio company Iglo Foods Holdings Limited (United Kingdom) to Nomad Holdings Limited (British Virgin Islands); the $1.8 billion acquisition of Duff & Phelps Corporation and the $4.2 billion sale of a majority stake in Duff & Phelps to Stone Point Capital; the $2.4 billion acquisition of Cambrex Corporation; the $1.75 billion acquisition of Duff & Phelps from equity investors led by Carlyle; the $2.3 billion sale of its portfolio company Atrium Innovations to Nestlé S.A.; the $1.9 billion sale of an 80% stake in its portfolio company Netafim Ltd. to Mexichem, S.A.B. de C.V; its investment in Axiom Global Inc.; and the $1.5 billion sale of its portfolio company Intelligrated Inc. to Honeywell;
  • Aircastle Limited in its $7.4 billion acquisition by an entity controlled by affiliates of Marubeni Corporation and Mizuho Leasing Company, and in its secondary offering of common stock;
  • Norwest Equity Partners, along with the management of Clover Imaging Group, in their carve-out acquisition of Clover Imaging from 4L Holdings Group;
  • Wendel (France) and its portfolio company AlliedBarton Security Services LLC in AlliedBarton’s merger with Universal Services of America, Inc.;
  • 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 Borse Dubai Limited; its sale of International Derivatives Clearing Group; and numerous debt and equity offerings;
  • Bai Brands, LLC in its $1.7 billion acquisition by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.; and
  • NXP Semiconductors N.V. in its proposed but terminated acquisition by Qualcomm Inc.



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


  • New York

Gavin A. White