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Overview

Craig 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 adviser, 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. 

Craig also advises companies in a variety of industries on captive insurance issues, including incorporation and organization of captive insurance subsidiaries. He works closely with accountants, actuaries, insurance brokers and captive managers in preparing required feasibility studies, and he interfaces with state departments of insurance.

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.


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Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2007-2019
  • IFLR1000, M&A (Missouri), Highly Regarded, 2018
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Securities & Corporate Finance, 2005, 2009

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
      • Saint Louis University Law Journal, Editor
  • M.B.A., Lindenwood University
  • B.A., University of Kansas

Admissions

  • Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Financial Executives International
  • The Missouri Bar
  • National Association of Corporate Directors 
  • Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Agriculture Foundation that supports the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR)
Experience
  • Represented manufacturing companies and bank holding companies in initial public offerings, follow-on offerings and secondary offerings.
  • Represented A.G. Industries, Inc. in its sale to Filtration Group Corporation, a portfolio company of Madison Capital Partners, a private equity firm.
  • Familiarity with NYSE and NASDAQ listing requirements.
  • Advised underwriters in taking companies public.
  • Responsible for structuring the corporate reorganization and related corporate documentation by which the Casino Queen became the first 100% ESOP-owned casino.
  • Represented the sale of two related entities, both privately-held technology businesses, engaged in the business of software as a service for mass communication information distribution, to a strategic buyer.
  • Oversee the preparation of and have prepared numerous ’33 Act registration statements, ’34 Act reports including 10-K’s, 10-Q’s, 8-K’s, Proxy Statements, 13-G’s, 13-D’s etc.
  • Represented a privately held company engaged in the manufacture and sale of paper bags used for packaging consumer and commercial food products, in the sale of the company to an operations-focused private equity firm.
  • Advised special committee of the board of directors of a trucking company in “going private” transaction, including the necessary corporate transactional work and drafted the necessary securities documentation and filings.
  • Represented Metcalf Bancshares, Inc. in which Central Bancompany acquired Metcalf Bancshares, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Metcalf Bank, in a transaction in which deal terms were not publicly disclosed.
  • 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.
  • Represented Red Bud Bancorporation in the acquisition of Red Bud Bancorp, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, the First State Bank of Red Bud, by Prime Banc Corp.
  • 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.