Craig brings a wealth of experience to his role as leader of the International Transactional Practice Group at Michael Best. He focuses his practice on securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, and investment funds matters.
Based in the firm’s Milwaukee office, Craig also maintains a presence in Chicago and Washington, D.C., advising clients on a wide range of corporate and transactional matters. He has more than 25 years of extensive legal and business experience, working in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East, and has done business in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Craig most recently served as general counsel & head of M&A at Thomas Cook Group plc, the world’s oldest travel company, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. In this role, he served as a member of the company’s Executive Committee, with responsibility for all legal, regulatory and compliance, company secretary, merger and acquisition, corporate development, government/public affairs, and corporate social responsibility/sustainability matters. He was also responsible for the human resources and business transformation functions for a one-year period as chief corporate officer. While at Thomas Cook, Craig oversaw the disposal of 15 businesses in North America, Europe, and the Middle East, generating proceeds of $210 million.
Craig also previously served as general counsel and a member of the Executive Committee at Eastgate Capital Group (now Al Ahli Capital), the private equity arm of Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank, based in Dubai with offices in Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Craig began his career in the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP in 1994, ultimately becoming a corporate partner, and opening and leading the firm’s Qatar office from 2008 to 2012. In this role, Craig advised clients on almost $45 billion worth of debt and equity capital markets, merger and acquisition, private equity, venture capital, investment funds, bank finance, and commercial transactions. He also served as chair of the firm’s Middle East Recruiting Committee, and as a member of the firm’s Global Recruiting and Middle East Public Relations Committees.
Craig has a significant amount of experience in business and entrepreneurial matters, having served as chairman of The Milwaukee Mile motor speedway at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, founder and managing partner of a Milwaukee-based real estate development company, managing director of the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship (the world’s premier powerboat racing championship), founder and CEO of a global, soccer-related digital media start-up, and founder and CEO of an international soccer-themed, location-based entertainment start-up established in Paris in connection with the 1998 FIFA World Cup held in France.