Craig serves as a senior legal and transactional advisor within Husch Blackwell's Food & Agribusiness industry team. He provides strategic business and results-oriented advice to senior management and boards of directors of publicly held and private companies. His counsel is based on a broad yet in-depth understanding of the legal and business challenges facing companies that operate in a number of different sectors, including those in the food and agribusiness industry.
An experienced securities and mergers and acquisitions advisor, Craig has managed and continues to manage the legal work on complex corporate and commercial financings and capital-raising transactions, as well as managing many complex mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, and corporate reorganizations. In addition, he advises senior management and boards of directors with respect to corporate governance issues. Craig also has served as de facto general counsel for a number of companies that do not have an in-house general counsel.
Awards and Recognitions
The Best Lawyers In America, Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2007-2014
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Securities & Corporate Finance, 2005, 2009
Represented an intermediate steel processor in initial public offering and follow-on offering six months later.
•Advised underwriter in taking public an insurance holding company.
•Represented a privately held company in the $98 million sale of intermodal terminal businesses, including the formation of joint ventures with the buyer for selected future developments.
•Counseled a bank holding company with assets of $500 million in going public and assisted in the subsequent merger of target bank holding companies in tax-free transactions, increasing the asset size to more than $1 billion by the time it was acquired by a larger bank holding company.
•Prepared numerous Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Rule 10b5-1 stock trading plans for executives of publicly held companies.
•Advised special committee of the board of directors of a trucking company in 'going private' transaction, including the necessary corporate transactional work and the necessary securities documentation and filings.
3.01.11 Practical Guidance Designed to Preserve Shareholder Protection from Liabilities of Subsidiaries, St. Louis Bar Journal Article
9.21.10 SEC Adopts Final Rules on Shareholder Proxy Access
8.05.10 Impacts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance
2.17.10 SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance on Disclosure of Business or Legal Developments Regarding Climate Change and Related Issues
Energy & Natural Resources Alert
2.05.10 FTC Announces Decreased Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds for 2010
2.01.10 DOJ Announces $900,000 Settlement with Smithfield Foods for Gun Jumping
12.28.09 SEC Clarifies Transition Rules and Effective Dates for Expanded Disclosure Requirements
10.30.09 SEC Defers SOX 404 Attestation Requirement for Smaller Companies
10.01.09 NYSE Proposed Amendments to Corporate Governance Listing Standards
10.01.09 Election of Directors and Other Corporate Governance Challenges in the New Regulatory Environment, Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
In The News
8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 Lawyers of the Year
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release
1.31.13 Husch Blackwell is Lead Counsel for Gaming Industry's First-Ever ESOP
8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
9.06.11 More Than 100 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2012
10.22.09 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2009 Names 73 Husch Blackwell Sanders Attorneys