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Christopher K. Fargo

Partner, Tax

Christopher K. Fargo is a partner in Cravath’s Tax Department. His practice includes advising clients on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, securities offerings and joint ventures. Mr. Fargo has advised on matters across a broad range of industries, including media and entertainment, consumer products, retail, telecommunications, transportation, energy, healthcare and blockchain and financial technology (FinTech).

His transactions include representing:

  • New Media in its pending $1.4 billion acquisition of Gannett;
  • Synthomer in its pending $824 million acquisition of OMNOVA;
  • Frontier Communications in its pending $1.352 billion sale of operations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington to WaveDivision Capital in partnership with Searchlight Capital Partners;
  • Buckeye Partners in its pending $10.3 billion acquisition by IFM and the sale of its 50% interest in VTTI to Vitol and IFM;
  • Brunswick in the sale of its Fitness business to KPS Capital Partners and its $910 million acquisition of Power Products’ Global Marine & Mobile business;
  • Parker Hannifin in its pending $3.675 billion acquisition of LORD;
  • White Mountains Insurance in its investment in Elementum Advisors, MediaAlpha’s pending sale of a significant minority stake to Insignia Capital, its $388 million acquisition of NSM Insurance Group and its sale of TRANZACT to Clayton Dubilier & Rice;
  • Aerion in its partnership with Boeing to bring Aerion’s next‑generation supersonic business jet to market;
  • CommScope in its $1 billion investment from The Carlyle Group as part of CommScope’s $7.4 billion acquisition of ARRIS;
  • Warner Media in its investment in NewTV, as part of its $1 billion initial funding round;
  • Brightline in its pending acquisition of XpressWest;
  • Orbotech, as U.S. counsel, in its $3.4 billion sale to KLA‑Tencor;
  • Fortress Investment Group in Nationstar Mortgage’s merger with WMIH, and in the sale by Fortress of its remaining 40.5% equity interest in OneMain Holdings to an investor group led by Apollo Global Management and Värde Partners;
  • Banco Santander in the $528 million sale of TotalBank by Banco Popular Español to Banco de Crédito e Inversiones;
  • Cincinnati Bell in its $650 million combination with Hawaiian Telcom and its $201 million acquisition of OnX Enterprise Solutions;
  • Akorn in its proposed $4.3 billion sale to Fresenius Kabi;
  • MSD Partners in a preferred equity investment in the Miami Marlins, as part of the $1.2 billion acquisition of the Miami Marlins by an ownership group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter;
  • Florida East Coast Railway in its sale to Grupo México by Fortress Investment Group;
  • Anheuser‑Busch InBev in its $123 billion acquisition of SABMiller, the $12 billion sale of SABMiller’s U.S. and global Miller branded businesses to Molson Coors and an asset swap with Ambev in which AB InBev transferred SABMiller’s Panamanian business to Ambev and Ambev transferred its business in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador to AB InBev;
  • Biogen in its $1.25 billion settlement and license agreement with Forward Pharma;
  • Banco Santander in its acquisition of the on‑shore consumer credit card and consumer brokerage and retail banking businesses of Citigroup in Argentina;
  • NCR in its strategic partnership with Blackstone, including an $820 million equity investment in NCR by Blackstone;
  • the underwriters in the $982 million initial public offering of Ferrari;
  • AGL Resources in its $12 billion acquisition by The Southern Company;
  • Symetra in its $3.8 billion acquisition by Sumitomo Life;
  • Precision Castparts in its $37 billion acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway;
  • MarkWest in its $21 billion merger with MPLX;
  • Delhaize Group in its $29 billion merger of equals with Royal Ahold;
  • Crown Castle in its $7.1 billion acquisition of Lightower, its $600 million acquisition of Wilcon, its $1.5 billion acquisition of FiberNet, its $461 million acquisition of Tower Development from Berkshire Partners, the $1.6 billion sale of CCAL, its Australian subsidiary, to a consortium of investors led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, its $1 billion acquisition of Sunesys and its $9.1 billion (including purchase options) acquisition of the rights to approximately 9,700 AT&T towers;
  • BDT Capital Partners in connection with the structuring of BDT Capital Partners Fund II and its related parallel funds and the $6.2 billion fundraising of capital commitments from over 100 investors;
  • The Cutrale Group and the Safra Group in their $1.3 billion acquisition of Chiquita;
  • AerCap in its $7.6 billion acquisition of International Lease Finance Corporation from American International Group;
  • IBM in its acquisition of SoftLayer Technologies;
  • Cincinnati Bell and CyrusOne in the carve‑out and $361 million initial public offering of CyrusOne as a real estate investment trust;
  • the underwriters in the $565 million initial public offering of Apollo;
  • the independent directors of KKR Private Equity Investors in its combination with KKR, which achieved the listing of KKR on the NYSE;
  • Grupo Modelo in its $20.1 billion combination with Anheuser‑Busch InBev; and
  • BNSF in its $44 billion acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway.

Mr. Fargo has been recognized for his work in the tax arena by The Legal 500 from 2014 through 2019. In 2017, Mr. Fargo was named a “Rising Star” by Law360, recognizing him as one of five outstanding tax lawyers in the nation under the age of 40. In addition, he was named a “Next Generation Lawyer” in international tax by the 2017 through 2019 editions of The Legal 500. He is also a member of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Fargo was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. cum laude from Boston College in 2003 and a J.D. from Columbia University in 2006, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He joined Cravath in 2006 and became a partner in 2014.

Mr. Fargo may be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1236 or by email at cfargo@cravath.com.

Mr. Fargo is admitted only in New York.

Contact
+1 (212) 474-1236
+1 (212) 474-3700