ChristopherHanfling (Chris)


Washington + 1.202.879.3761

Chris Hanfling practices primarily in the areas of U.S. federal and international taxation. He assists in advising clients on the tax aspects of complex transactions, including international and domestic mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs, with a particular emphasis on tax planning, compliance, post-acquisition restructuring, and tax-efficient structures for cross-border transactions and arrangements.

Chris has drafted opinion letters, intercompany agreements, and cost sharing agreements and has helped clients navigate a variety of complex tax issues, both internally and before the Internal Revenue Service, including transfer pricing, tax compliance, and tax treaty matters.

In addition, Chris helps pro bono clients secure and maintain tax-exempt status for their nonprofit organizations and advises on the federal tax implications for their organizations.

Chris is coauthor of the Practical Guide to U.S. Transfer Pricing and is a member of the D.C. Bar Association (Tax Section).


  • Laureate Education to sell Brazilian operations to Ser Educacional S.A. for R$3.862 billionJones Day is acting as special tax counsel to Laureate International, Inc. in its entering into a definitive agreement with Ser Educacional S.A. for the sale of its Brazilian operations.
  • Laureate Education divests operations in Chile to Fundación Educación y Cultura and sale of its for-profit operations for $218.2 millionJones Day acted as special tax counsel in the divestiture of its operations in Chile through the transfer of control of its not-for-profit institutions to Fundación Educación y Cultura and the sale of its for-profit operations.
  • Laureate Education to sell Walden University to Adtalmen Global Education Inc. for $1.48 billionJones Day is acting as special tax counsel to Laureate Education, Inc. in its $1.48 billion sale of Walden University to Adtalem Global Education Inc.
  • Newell Brands sells The United States Playing Card Company to Cartamundi GroupJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of The United States Playing Card Company ("USPC") to Cartamundi Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of playing cards and board games.
  • Supplier of automotive components and systems amends and extends existing asset-based global revolving credit facilityJones Day represented a leading global supplier of automotive components and systems in connection with the amendment and extension of its existing asset-based global revolving credit facility, including a Canadian revolving credit subfacility and European receivables securitization.
  • Newell Brands sells Process Solutions to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC for $500 millionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of its Process Solutions business to One Rock Capital Partners, LLC for $500 million in cash.
  • SITE Centers Corp. refinances $900 million mortgage loanJones Day advised SITE Centers Corp. in connection with the refinancing of a $900 million mortgage loan provided by Column Financial, Inc.; JP Morgan; and Morgan Stanley which was collateralized by mortgage liens on 24 U.S. properties, one Puerto Rico Property, and a pledge of equity interests in the owners of 12 Puerto Rico properties.
  • Newell Brands sells Pure Fishing to Sycamore Partners for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of its Pure Fishing business to Sycamore Partners for approximately $1.3 billion in cash.
  • Newell Brands sells The Waddington Group to Novolex for approximately $2.3 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in its sale of The Waddington Group to Novolex Holdings, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, for approximately $2.3 billion in cash.
  • Business groups obtain invalidation of IRS anti-inversion regulationsJones Day achieved a major victory on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Texas Association of Business when the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas invalidated temporary regulations that the IRS promulgated last year to deter a type of corporate transaction known as an "inversion.
  • International Automotive Components and Shanghai Shenda complete joint venture transaction forming AuriaJones Day advised International Automotive Components Group S.A. ("IAC") in the formation of Auria Solutions Ltd., a new global supplier of soft trim and acoustical products for the automotive industry and joint venture with Shanghai Shenda Co. Ltd. ("Shenda") .
  • Wells Fargo amends and restates credit facilities for provider of terminaling, storage, and related servicesJones Day advised Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in connection with the third amendment and restatement of its credit facilities provided to a provider of terminaling, storage and related services to the energy industry, which provides for, among other things, a $600 million revolving credit facility.
  • ETS acquires Questar Assessment Inc. for $127.5 millionJones Day advised Educational Testing Service in its $127.5 million cash acquisition of Questar Assessment Inc., a leading K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability.
  • Unincorporated association converts to nonprofit corporationJones Day advised a national membership organization that had operated for decades as an unincorporated association with respect to its conversion to a nonprofit corporation.
  • MAST Capital portfolio company completes debt restructuring, including $101 million exchange offer of convertible notes for high-yield notesJones Day advised MAST Capital Management, LLC in the offer by its portfolio company, Nebraska Book Holdings, Inc., to exchange up to $133.2 million aggregate principal amount of 2.00% Convertible Senior PIK Notes due 2026 for any and all of its outstanding 15.0% Senior Secured Notes due 2016.
  • RockWood Equity Partners acquires BJG ElectronicsJones Day advised RockWood Equity Partners LLC in connection with the acquisition and related financing of BJG Electronics, Inc., a distributor and light manufacturer of high reliability electronic components serving the defense, commercial aerospace, and business aviation markets.
  • Project Bike Love obtains 501(c)(3) tax exemptionJones Day has spent the past several months working to formally incorporate and obtain 501(c)(3) status for Project Bike Love, a local non-profit.
  • Georgia-Pacific acquires Excel Displays & PackagingJones Day advised Georgia-Pacific in its acquisition of Excel Displays & Packaging and affiliated entities.
  • Bonnie Branch Music Boosters obtains non-profit exempt statusJones Day assisted Branch Music Boosters Inc. ("BBMB"), a U.S. organization dedicated to supporting the music program at the Bonnie Branch Middle School in Ellicott City, Maryland, in obtaining a tax-exempt status ruling from the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Reynolds American sells Natural American Spirit International businesses to JT Group for $5 billionJones Day advised Reynolds American Inc. in its $5 billion sale of the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks, along with the international companies that distribute and market the brand outside the U.S., to the Japan Tobacco Group of companies (JT Group).
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