Edward Craft

Partner

Corporate




T: +44 (0)20 7395 3099
ecraft@wedlakebell.com

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Expertise

Edward is a corporate lawyer with a particular specialism in corporate governance, being the author of the Corporate Governance Code issued by The Quoted Companies Alliance in both 2013 and 2018.

Edward chairs the Company Law Committee of The Law Society of England and Wales.

Edward advises on M&A, joint ventures, listed debt and equity and all aspects of international transactions. Edward also has an impressive record in advising on complex contracts, in particular in relation to infrastructure and outsourcing.

Chambers & Partners said that Edward is “always thinking outside the box to come up with very clever and unusual ideas.”

The 2018 QCA Code is the corporate governance code which is now applied by almost 90% of companies on AIM.

Edward often engages with policy makers and other thought leaders in the corporate governance arena, regularly writing and commenting on topical issues and contributing to the development of policy and best practice.

Edward also has significant experience of outsourcing, procurement, infrastructure work and complex joint venture structuring, including joint ventures involving public bodies.


Recent Experience

  • Governance and structuring of £250m bond issuance programme to fund delivery of social and affordable housing.
  • AIM admission of Diversified Gas & Oil PLC.
  • Acquisition of SPV and related financing (involving quoted Eurobond) for major UK real estate asset.
  • Advising on both equity fundraisings on the London listed markets and the issue of debt securities on a range of European exchanges.
  • Sale of Cleara Consulting Limited.
  • Advising overseas investor on acquisition of UK consumer brand.

Career History

Edward qualified as a solicitor in 2000.

Edward has been a partner of Wedlake Bell since 2010. Before that, he spent twelve years at Nabarro (now CMS).

Edward studied law at the University of Nottingham (graduating in 1997) and obtained his post-graduate qualification at Nottingham Law School.


Publications

QCA Remuneration Committee Guide for Small and Mid-Size Quoted Companies, 2016

Delivering Proportionate and Effective Corporate Governance in Small and Medium-Size Quoted Companies  (chapter in A Practical Guide to Corporate Governance), 2014

Local Authority Joint Ventures (chapter in Local Authority Companies and Partnerships)

QCA Corporate Governance Code, 2018 and 2016

QCA Remuneration Committee Guide for Small and Mid-Size Quoted Companies, 2016

Delivering Proportionate and Effective Corporate Governance in Small and Medium-Size Quoted Companies  (chapter in A Practical Guide to Corporate Governance), 2014

Local Authority Joint Ventures (chapter in Local Authority Companies and Partnerships)

 


"He's very committed and solutions-focused."


— Chambers UK, 2021

"Edward Craft – the most knowledgeable governance professional I’ve come across in my career, whose strong technical competency is expertly conveyed with a suitable degree of pragmatism that is aligned with the business needs."


— Legal 500, 2021

""always thinking outside the box to come up with very clever and unusual ideas.""


— Chambers UK, 2018

"Edward Craft is described as "incredibly intelligent""


— Chambers UK, 2018

""has made our lives very easy with his dedication and professionalism.""


— Chambers UK, 2018

"Edward Craft is 'very good.'"


— Legal 500, 2017

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New narrative reporting requirements

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The New UK Corporate Governance Code

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EU support for SMEs seeking to grow on the capital markets

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LSE’s review of the AIM rules – Feedback statement

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Corporate governance update

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What can the industry expect from the LSE’s review of AIM rules?

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Unmasking the truth, who owns the UK’s properties?

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Transparency registers: The next set of changes

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The future direction of corporate governance – “Something must be done”