Christopher K. Fargo

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Christopher K. Fargo

Christopher K. Fargo

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP


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:

* CommScope in its $1 billion investment from The Carlyle Group as part of CommScope’s pending $7.4 billion acquisition of ARRIS;

* Buckeye Partners in the pending sale of its 50% interest in VTTI to Vitol and IFM;

* Warner Media in its investment in NewTV, as part of its $1 billion initial funding round;

* Brunswick in its pending separation of its Fitness business into a standalone company and its $910 million acquisition of Power Products’ Global Marine & Mobile business;

* Brightline in its pending acquisition of XpressWest;

* White Mountains Insurance in its $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;

* 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;

* 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 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; 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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JD, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
Class of 2006

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

BA, cum laude
Class of 2003

Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation. Boston College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including a 75 percent increase in undergraduate applications over the past decade, to more than 34,000 for the 2,250 seats in its freshman class. During the same period, an increase in voluntary giving from alumni has helped to move the University's endowment to approximately $1.9 billion. Boston College students have also earned more than 200 prestigious academic scholarships over the past decade, including 2 Rhodes Scholarships, 4 Marshalls, 9 Goldwaters and 162 Fulbright grants.

Member, Tax Section

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

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2006 - Current

Cravath, Swaine & Moore provides legal services in various industries such as: broadcasting, media and entertainment, consumer products, energy, financial institutions, healthcare, industrial and chemicals, professional services, real estate, retail, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. The company was founded in 1819 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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