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William V. Fogg

Partner, Corporate

William V. Fogg is Co‑Head of Cravath’s Financing practice. His practice focuses on representing companies and major investment banks in public and private capital markets transactions, as well as on corporate governance, general corporate and disclosure matters. The Financial Times featured Mr. Fogg’s work on behalf of Cincinnati Bell in converting its data center business into a “first‑of‑its‑kind” REIT and its subsequent carve‑out IPO of CyrusOne as one of the most innovative deals of the year in its U.S. Innovative Lawyers 2013 special report.

Mr. Fogg has been repeatedly cited as one of the country’s leading capital markets practitioners by numerous professional publications, including Chambers USA, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 US, IFLR1000 and The Best Lawyers in America. Clients praise his “breadth of knowledge, unmatched experience and collaborative style” and describe him as having a “rare combination of subject matter expertise and excellent client service skill” (Chambers USA). One client says Mr. Fogg “is truly top notch, and has made himself invaluable to our company” as he “consistently demonstrates an incredible knowledge and understanding of our business,” “exercises good judgment in time sensitive and high pressure situations” and “is incredibly responsive” (The Best Lawyers in America). Mr. Fogg was named the 2020 New York City “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America for Securities/Capital Markets Law. In 2019, he was named a Capital Markets Trailblazer by The National Law Journal. Mr. Fogg is also named one of the “500 Leading Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon.

Mr. Fogg is designated underwriters’ counsel for a number of companies, including JPMorgan Chase, DuPont, Freeport‑McMoRan, GardaWorld, The Mosaic Company, United Rentals and WW (Weight Watchers). His corporate clients have included Alliant Energy, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Cincinnati Bell, CyrusOne, Evolent Health, Home Depot, Jones Apparel Group, Martin Marietta Materials, Mylan, TerraForm Power, UAL and Wisconsin Power and Light Company.

Mr. Fogg’s notable transactions include:

  • Completed the largest follow‑on equity offering in history at the time ($12.6 billion common stock offering of Wells Fargo in connection with its acquisition of Wachovia), and the subsequent $8.6 billion common stock offering of Wells Fargo undertaken in response to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Supervisory Capital Assessment Program
  • Completed the largest high‑yield offering in history at the time ($6 billion offering of high‑yield notes by Freeport‑McMoRan Copper & Gold)
  • IPOs for American Water Works, Boot Barn, Cascal, CyrusOne, Dex Media, Evolent Health, Ferrari, GrafTech International, Green Dot, KPN, Premier, Replimune, Surgical Care Affiliates and WhiteWave Foods
  • Other equity offerings for Baker Hughes, CoStar, Denny’s, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, James River Coal, Magellan Health, NCR, SiriusXM, Terex, TG Therapeutics, Wells Fargo and Zimmer Biomet Holdings
  • Debt offerings for Advance Auto Parts, Albemarle, Alcoa, Allegion, American Axle, American Woodmark, Analog Devices, Beacon Roofing Supply, Blockbuster, Boyne, Compass Minerals, Expedia, frontdoor, goeasy, Greif, Hess, Itron, J.B. Poindexter, Land O’Lakes, Mars, Murphy Oil, Murphy USA, NCR, Pepsi Bottling, Pinnacle Foods, Sherwin‑Williams, syncreon, Terex, U.S. Concrete, USG and Wrigley

Mr. Fogg serves on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of The Williston Northampton School and is a member of the Board of Directors of The First Tee of Metropolitan New York.

Mr. Fogg was born in New York, New York. He received an A.B. magna cum laude from Brown University in 1988 and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1991, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Social Problems.

Mr. Fogg joined Cravath in 1991 and was elected a partner in 1998. He served as the Corporate Hiring Partner from 2007 to 2010, as Corporate Managing Partner from 2012 to 2014 and as Head of the Corporate Department from 2014 to 2016.

Mr. Fogg is admitted only in New York.

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