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Jonathan Craig

Head of Company and Commercial

Jonathan Craig

Head of Company and Commercial

I am the Head of the Company Commercial Department and an experienced solicitor acting for owner/managers of SMEs through to directors of large global operations, providing advice and assistance on corporate transactions, commercial contracts, security and banking.

My areas of work

Working in private practice for over 24 years, together with 2 years in-house, I have extensive experience of acting for SMEs and Owner/Managers in M&A corporate transactions and advising and drafting contracts including shareholders' agreements, cross-option agreements and loan agreements. I also advise businesses on commercial contracts including franchise agreements, distribution agreements, commercial agents agreements, e-commerce and IT-related contracts, NDAs and general trading T&Cs.  In addition, I advise commercial clients on Partnership Deeds and LLP Agreements.

In addition I am also an FA Registered Lawyer with experience in acting for professional footballers in contract negotiations with professional football clubs.

My recent successes

Advising on the sale of the entire issued capital of a company in the electronic POS sector for £2m.

Ongoing commercial contract advise to UK/EU/American based-group in the orthopedic rehabilitation industry.

Advising on the part sale and purchase and group restructure of an Anglo-American group in the industrial lubricants sector.

Advising on the sale of 50% equity in movies props sector for £1.3m.

Ongoing commercial contract advice to a rapid growth company in the technology sector linked to health care and pharmaceuticals.

Advising on the sale of 10% equity of wealth management company for £2m.

Sale of the entire issued share capital of a motor vehicle design company to overseas investors for £10m. 

Completion on behalf of the management team of a £3m (enterprise value) MBO.

Ongoing commercial contract advice acting on behalf of a multi-national corporate client expanding its enterprise into new sectors.

My previous experience

Prior to relocating to the South East in 2008, I worked in Manchester for 16 years with roles in commercial law firms and latterly a corporate boutique, including experience acting in M&A private equity transactions, AIM placings, Icelandic-UK retail acquisitions and assisting banks in corporate funding and refinancing.  Transaction values ranged from £1m to £350m.

My interests and hobbies

Outside of the office I spend time with my family and when time permits follow most sports, in particular the fortunes of Ipswich Town FC, Northampton Saints RFC, Dallas Cowboys and Northants CCC.  I keep fit with a weekly early morning 10km run and I also play regular 5-a-side matches and fair weather golf.

Testimonials

“I would like to thank Jonathan and his team for the clear and concise way that you have walked us through this process. It really could have been so much more drawn out and painful than it was. Many thanks and kind regards.”[Nick Stoodley, Managing Director, Chem Arrow Europe Limited]

“Thank you again for your professional and attentive approach to what has been an awkward process.” [Stephen Taylor]

“Thank you for your help and advice and for the highly professional way in which you have managed the whole process around this transaction. You have made it as painless as possible, given some the obstacles put in our way.  Please pass on my thanks to the rest of your team.”  [Chris Fautley, Chairman and CEO, Charles Derby Group]

“Thank you for your support in getting this over the line and I do appreciate that you've gone above and beyond in terms of the original quote.”  [David Edwards]

“Would like to say a huge thank-you to you and your teams on 2 counts. For the work done to get to the deal day and specifically for the tolerance of the stop/start process - always frustrating I know. For the warm hospitality shown to us on completion day - everyone was so supportive and helpful- this was noted and appreciated by the vendors too. - Please pass on my sincere thanks and appreciation to all of your colleagues.[Tim Downes]

“Jonathan played a vital role in the recent management buy-out completed by Whiteoaks. He was proactive with highly intelligent advice and guidance; extremely responsive with all parties (often outside of normal business hours); and utilised his in-depth knowledge and understanding of company commercial law to reassure me that the deal would be successfully completed. Having originally set an ambitious timeline for completion, Jonathan worked tirelessly throughout the entire process to ensure that the deadline was achieved. He provides a rare combination of astuteness, pragmatism, toughness (when needed) and amiability to accomplish the desired result – and I would not hesitate to recommend him to others.”  [James Kelliher, Chairman and Cheif Executive Officer, The Whiteoaks Consultancy Limited]

“We are a privately owned national financial advice firm and from time to time we too need professional legal advice. Bakerlaw quickly grasps aspects of our profession that eludes others. They use that understanding to challenge our assumptions, remaining friendly whilst being reflective and adaptable. They are a modern firm with high standards whose work ethic meets the demands of today’s pace of business. We anticipate a lasting relationship”  [Roger Lane, Cheif Operating Officer, Charles Derby Group Ltd]