Edward Craft > Wedlake Bell LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Wedlake Bell LLP
71 QUEEN VICTORIA STREET
LONDON
EC4V 4AY
England

Work Department

Corporate.

Position

Partner specialising in corporate governance advises companies including privately held businesses (of all sizes), quoted companies and joint venture entities established by public bodies on a broad range of governance issues, from company administration, to board dynamics and complex structuring. Edward advises on a wide range of contractual agreements and supports the development of growing businesses, in both their governance arrangements and shareholder structuring.

Edward played a leading role in the production of a guide for audit committees of smaller companies, the annual QCA/UHY Hacker Young Corporate Governance Behaviour Review and is currently working on updating QCA guidance for remuneration committees of smaller companies.

In addition to his governance-focussed practice Edward has a detailed understanding of deal structuring, particularly in relation to joint ventures and complex, long term projects. Edward has particular expertise in relation to low carbon infrastructure delivery, energy regulation, outsourcing, fund structures and arrangements with public sector bodies.

Career

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.

Languages

German, French.

Memberships

Corporate Governance Expert Group of the Quoted Companies Alliance (chairman); Consulting Editorial Board Lexis®PSL Corporate; Law Society Company Law Committee.

Edward is a member of the Company Law Committee of The Law Society and sits on the Consulting Editorial Board to Lexis PSL®.

Chair of 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.

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 Bill (legislation which is in its final stages of progress through parliament).

Education

Reigate Grammar School; Nottingham University (1997 LLB Law 2(1)); Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University (1998 Diploma in Legal Practice merit).

Leisure

Interests are largely dictated by the demands of a young family, but when time permits include running, gardening, escaping to the South Downs.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m

(Leading individuals)

Edward CraftWedlake Bell LLP

Traditionally active in the corporate real estate and private equity markets, Wedlake Bell LLP‘s corporate M&A offering has been significantly strengthened through multiple hires, including Martin Thomas and Nigel Taylor  from Watson Farley & Williams LLP. The enlarged team acts for a number of companies across a broad range of sectors, with the new hires adding clients in sectors like oil and gas. Both Janice Wall and Edward Craft are highly recommended for their experience in advising small to mid-cap companies, especially in the corporate real estate sector. Adam Lynch, who joined the firm in 2017, continues to be a strong force in the corporate real estate and hospitality sectors, handling corporate M&A and private equity transactions. Practice head Paul Corren was also a new arrival in 2018.

London > Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Wedlake Bell LLP makes its way into the rankings this year thanks to a successful effort to expand its capital markets team. The team is now led by Martin Thomas, who specialises in listing transactions in London, and joined the firm from Watson Farley & Williams LLP. Since joining, Thomas has handled a number of equity financing transactions in connection with high-value M&A in the oil and gas sector. Another contact in the practice group is Edward Craft, who focuses on the retail, healthcare, and tech sectors, and has client relationships with several active nomads. Other notable additions to the team include Paul Corren and Claire McConway, who joined the firm in 2018 from HCB Solicitors and Carey Olsen respectively. Back just one more year, in 2017 Adam Lynch joined the team from Maclay Murray & Spens.