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
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 corporate governance specialist who advises companies across a broad range from start-ups, public companies and major groups. He 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 Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code for Small and Mid-Size Quoted Companies is the best known example of governance best practice for companies outside of the FTSE-350.
Edward has a practice which focuses on governance and growth businesses, including those within the SME sector. In addition, he has significant experience of infrastructure work (including low carbon energy projects) and complex joint venture structures.
Edward is currently sitting on BIS’s expert committee to produce the guidance for companies in preparing their registers of people with significant control under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.
Edward is a member of the Law Society Company Law Committee and is on the Lexis PSL Consulting Editorial Board.
- Advising on a £700m sale to Unilever PLC;
- Playing a key role in the changes to AIM Rule 26;
- A complete governance overhaul for the UK’s market leading real estate outsourcing company, involving multi-jurisdictional aspects;
- Advising on both equity fundraisings on the London listed markets and the issue of debt securities on a range of European exchanges;
- Representing a major global life sciences company in a significant UK acquisitions valued at $160m
Edward studied law at the University of Nottingham (graduating in 1997) and obtained his post graduate qualification at Nottingham Law School.
He trained at Nabarro LLP and qualified as a solicitor in 2000 where he spent twelve years before joining Wedlake Bell.
- Corporate Governance Code for Small and Mid-Size Quoted Companies (Quoted Companies Alliance).
- Chapter in A Practical Guide to Corporate Governance (Sweet and Maxwell).
- Chapter in Local Authority Companies and Partnerships (Barton Publishing).
- Improving the quality of reporting (Governance Magazine, October 2015)
Articles & Comment
06 Feb, 2017 | Edward Craft
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
The European Parliament recently adopted major amendments to the draft Prospectus Regulation (the Regulation) proposed by the European Commission to replace the…Read More
In the last few In Counsel updates we have repeatedly raised the changes to company law brought about by the new register of people with significant control (PSC…Read More
Businesses need to prepare themselves now for the implementation of the new EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive (the Directive).Read More