Craig A. Stoehr

Partner

Overview

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.

Experience

  • Represented Qatar National Bank, one of the largest banks in the Middle East with total assets of over $72 billion, in connection with establishing its $7.5 billion Euro Medium Term Notes program and its debut $1.5 billion Regulation S bond offering.
  • Represented BNP Paribas and Standard Chartered Bank in connection with the $200 million Regulation S high yield bond offering by Yüksel Inşaat A.Ş., the first high yield direct issuance by a Turkish issuer in the last 15 years (at the time).
  • Represented Qatar Telecom in connection with its $2.75 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S bond offerings and the updating of its $5 billion Global Medium Term Notes program.
  • Represented Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, along with the State of Qatar, acting through the Ministry of Economy and Finance, in connection with its $3.5 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S bond offering, which included an underlying $3.5 billion commodity murabaha facility, the largest commodity murabaha facility ever completed in Qatar.
  • Represented the State of Qatar, acting through the Ministry of Economy and Finance, in connection with its $7 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S sovereign bond offering, the largest emerging markets bond offering in history (at the time), as well as its earlier $3 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S sovereign bond offering. This transaction was named "Best Deal of the Year in Middle East and North Africa" by Euromoney Emerging Markets in 2009.
  • Represented Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Company Limited (3) (RasGas) in connection with its $2.23 billion Rule 144A/Regulation S project bond offering, along with $2.75 billion in completion support provided by Qatar Petroleum and an affiliate of ExxonMobil, as well as a $960 million co-loan provided by an affiliate of ExxonMobil. This transaction was named “Middle East LNG Deal of the Year” by Project Finance International in 2009.
  • Represented Emerson Electric, a NYSE-listed company, in connection with acquisitions in Russia, Kazakhstan, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
  • Represented the Qatar Investment Authority in connection with its $1 billion joint venture with NYSE/Euronext to transform the Doha Securities Market into the Qatar Exchange.

Honors & Recognitions

  • “GC UK 50 Power List,” Legal Business, 2015
  • “General Counsel of the Year,” British Legal Awards, 2014
  • Top ranked lawyer in Qatar, Chambers & Partners, 2010
  • Named one of the top six debt capital markets lawyers in the GCC, Middle East Economic Digest, 2010
  • “Forty Under 40,” Milwaukee Business Journal, 2007
  • “Bravo! Entrepreneur of the Year,” Small Business Times, 2007

Professional Activities

  • Past Director, Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA)

Education

Admissions

Community Involvement

  • Past Chairman, The Milwaukee Mile motor speedway, located at the Wisconsin State Fair Park
  • Past Director, Marquette University National Sports Law Institute
  • Past Director, Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation
  • Past Director, Metro Milwaukee American Heart Association
  • Past Director, Thomas Cook Children’s Charity
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