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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’s transactions include representing:

  • White Mountains Insurance in its pending $388 million acquisition of NSM Insurance Group and its sale of TRANZACT to Clayton Dubilier & Rice;
  • Orbotech, as U.S. counsel, in its pending $3.4 billion sale to KLA‑Tencor;
  • Brunswick in its pending spin‑off of its Fitness business into a standalone company;
  • Fortress Investment Group in Nationstar Mortgage’s pending merger with WMIH, and in the pending 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 pending $650 million combination with Hawaiian Telcom and its $201 million acquisition of OnX Enterprise Solutions;
  • Akorn in its pending $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;
  • Aptuit in its $300 million sale to Evotec;
  • 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;
  • Cable ONE in its $735 million acquisition of NewWave Communications;
  • Naspers in its merger of ibibo group, its travel business in India, with MakeMyTrip;
  • Banco Santander in its acquisition of the on‑shore consumer credit card and consumer brokerage and retail banking businesses of Citigroup in Argentina;
  • FactSet Research Systems in the $165 million sale of its Market Metrics business to Asset International, a portfolio company of Genstar Capital;
  • Blount International in its $855 million sale to affiliates of American Securities and P2 Capital Partners;
  • 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;
  • The Williams Companies in its proposed $37.7 billion business combination transaction with Energy Transfer Equity;
  • 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 its majority investment in Marquette Transportation Company and 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;
  • BNSF in its $44 billion acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway;
  • Biovail in its $6.5 billion merger of equals with Valeant Pharmaceuticals;
  • the special committee of the J.Crew board of directors in connection with J.Crew’s $3 billion leveraged buyout by TPG and Leonard Green; and
  • The Stanley Works in its $4.5 billion acquisition of Black & Decker.

Mr. Fargo has been recognized for his work in the tax arena by The Legal 500 from 2014 through 2018. 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 and 2018 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

Mr. Fargo is admitted only in New York.

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