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Stephen Gordon

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Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

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Stephen L. Gordon is a partner at Cravath and serves as the Head of the Tax Department. He advises clients on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions and other major transactions, including spin‑offs, international restructurings and corporate joint ventures. Mr. Gordon also works with clients on issues related to corporate finance and domestic and international taxation.


Mr. Gordon joined Cravath in 1981 and became a partner in 1987. He has served as the Firm’s Hiring Partner and Managing Partner of Administration.

Mr. Gordon has been repeatedly cited as one of the country’s leading tax practitioners by, among others, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2018; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2008 through 2018; The Legal 500 from 2007 through 2017; The Best Lawyers in America from 2007 through 2018; and Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax from 2007 through 2014. Clients quoted in Chambers USA 2016 report Mr. Gordon to be “as good as it gets, incredibly smart” with “tremendous, impeccable business judgment.” In 2017, Mr. Gordon was named to The Legal 500 Hall of Fame in the International Tax and U.S. Taxes: Non‑contentious categories. He was chosen by corporate counsel as one of the BTI Client Service All‑Starsin 2012 for his exceptional commitment to understanding his clients’ legal and business objectives, recognizing client goals and providing innovative and effective solutions tailored specifically to the client’s desired outcome.


Mr. Gordon is a frequent speaker at national and international tax conferences, including those sponsored by PLI, ALI‑ABA, the Tax Executives Institute and the International Fiscal Association, and is a member of the Tax Forum and the tax section of the New York State Bar Association.


Mr. Gordon received an A.B. cum laude from Cornell University in 1978 and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1981, where he was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

United States: Tax

International tax

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Stephen Gordon - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Within: International tax

New York-based Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP advises clients on the full gamut of tax issues associated with international business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, joint ventures and private equity deals. Lauren Angelilli and Stephen Gordon assisted multinational chemical company Ashland with the tax-free separation of its Valvoline business into an independent publicly traded company, while Andrew Needham advised British American Tobacco on its $97bn merger with Reynolds American. Of counsel Michael Schler is also recommended. Christopher Fargo and recently made partner Kara Mungovan are stars of the future.

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US taxes: non-contentious

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Stephen Gordon - Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP’s six-partner tax department in New York provides crucial support in relation to M&A transactions, spin-offs, company formations, security and debt offerings, as well as financial transactions. Recently Lauren Angelilli and Stephen Gordon advised Disney on its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. Another highlight for Angelilli and for Christopher Fargo was advising on Cable One’s acquisition of NewWave Communications. Andrew Needham and Leonard Teti were active for key client IBM in several matters, including the acquisition of Verizon Communications’ cloud and managed hosting service. Teti also advised Johnson & Johnson on its $4.32bn acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics. Kara Mungovan made partner in January 2017.

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