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Edward Craft's Service Teams
- Corporate and Financial Services
- Venture Capital and Private Equity
- Joint Ventures
- Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
- Capital Markets - Equity and Debt
- Company Secretarial Services
- Projects, Energy and Low Carbon
Edward Craft is singled out for his "excellent understanding of the issues involved" and "dealing with them in a commercial manner." He advises on governance arrangements as well as transactions.
Chambers UK, 2017
Clients are impressed by Edward Craft, commenting that "with Edward’s highly personable and adaptable approach, Wedlake Bell are the 'go to' counsel of choice." He represents a number of smaller quoted companies and is "very strong on corporate governance".
Chambers UK, 2016
Edward Craft is an "invaluable adviser" who is"particularly proactive and very commercially astute," say commentators. Of late, he assisted Illumina in its £36 million corporate restructuring.
Chambers UK, 2015
Edward Craft is particularly experienced in advising small and mid-size quoted companies.
Legal 500, 2014
Edward is a partner in Wedlake Bell's corporate team with a particular specialism in corporate governance. Edward advises on M&A, joint ventures, listed debt and equity and all aspects of international transactions.
Edward chairs the Corporate Governance Expert Group of the Quoted Companies Alliance, the independent membership organisation which champions the interests of small and mid-size quoted companies (the "QCA"). Edward was the driving force behind the 2013 QCA Corporate Governance Code and the 2016 QCA Guide for Remuneration Committees.
Edward often engages with policy makers and other thought leaders in the corporate governance arena, regularly writing and commenting on topical issues.
Edward's practice focuses on governance and growth businesses. In addition, he has significant experience of infrastructure work and complex joint venture structures, including significant experience of joint ventures involving public bodies and the deployment green infrastructure.
Edward has spent much of the recent months working on responses to the BEIS Corporate Governance Green Paper and the related earlier select committee inquiry on behalf of both the QCA and The Law Society of England and Wales ("LSEW").
Edward sat on the BIS expert committee in relation to the guidance to the registers of people with significant control regime (Part 21A Companies Act 2006) which came into force in April 2016.
Edward is a member of the Company Law Committee of LSEW and also sits on the Lexis PSL Consulting Editorial Board.
- Supporting a UK business on governance arrangements in relation to overseas shareholders;
- Advising on a £700m sale to Unilever PLC;
- A complete governance overhaul for the UK’s market leading real estate outsourcing company, involving multi-jurisdictional aspects; and
- Advising on both equity fundraisings on the London listed markets and the issue of debt securities on a range of European exchanges.
Edward has been a partner of Wedlake Bell since 2010. Before that, Edward spent twelve years at Nabarro.
Edward studied law at the University of Nottingham (graduating in 1997) and obtained his post-graduate qualification at Nottingham Law School.
- Corporate Governance Code for Small and Mid-Size Quoted Companies (QCA, 2013);
- Remuneration Committee Guide for Small and Mid-Size Quoted Companies (QCA, 2016);
- A Practical Guide to Corporate Governance, chapter 5 "Delivering Proportionate and Effective Corporate Governance in Small and Medium-Size Quoted Companies" (Sweet and Maxwell, 2014); and
- Local Authority Companies and Partnerships, chapter 20 "Establishment of a Joint Venture: A Route Map and Analysis of Structures" (Barton Publishing, 2011).
Articles & Comment
28 Jun, 2017 | Edward Craft
09 May, 2017 | Edward Craft
The summer of 2017 will bring about three notable changes to the UK Government's transparency registers initiative: 1. UK implementation of the Fourth EU Anti-Money…Read More
09 Jan, 2017 | Edward Craft
We live in a time of transition. Old assumptions and alliances are being challenged. Calm, reasoned, rational debate is lost in the cacophony. British politicians…Read More
21 Oct, 2016 | Edward Craft
Edward Craft and Amelia Villiers-Stuart discuss the decline of merger activity in 2016 as investors behave cautiously in an uncertain geopolitical environment.Read More
20 Oct, 2016 | Edward Craft
The European Parliament recently adopted major amendments to the draft Prospectus Regulation (the Regulation) proposed by the European Commission to replace the…Read More