Craig Roeder is the co-leader of the Transaction Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's Chicago office. Craig has significant experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, securities offering transactions, securities law compliance, corporate governance and other corporate transactional matters.
Craig has been recognized as a leading lawyer in mergers and acquisitions in Chambers USA, Legal 500 USA, Best Lawyers and International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisition Lawyers. He has also twice been named as a Client Service All Star in surveys of Fortune 1000 corporate counsel conducted by BTI Consulting Group.
Representative Legal Matters
Public Company Mergers and Acquisitions
Advised Gebr. Knauf KG, a major German building products manufacturer, in connection with its acquisition of USG Corporation (NYSE: USG), the leading US manufacturer of gypsum wall board and related building products, in a transaction valued at USD 7.0 billion.
Represented LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton SE, the French luxury products group, with respect to its USD 3.1 billion acquisition of Belmond Ltd. (NYSE: BEL), a global luxury hotel and travel company.
Represented The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited, one of the largest Japanese life insurance companies, with respect to its USD 5.7 billion cash merger with Protective Life Corporation (NYSE: PLC), a US-headquartered life insurance holding company, in the largest cross-border acquisition by a Japanese life insurance company.
Advised Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company, the oldest mutual life insurance company in Japan, in connection with its USD 5.3 billion acquisition of StanCorp Financial Group (NYSE: SFG), a financial services company headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
Acted as counsel to Ecolab Inc., a global producer of cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services, in connection with its USD 8.1 billion stock and cash merger with Nalco Holding Company (NYSE: NLC), the world’s leading water treatment and process improvement company.
Private Company Mergers and Acquisitions
Advised JCDecaux SA, the largest global outdoor advertising company, with respect to its acquisition of the Latin American outdoor advertising business of Outfront Media, Inc.
Represented Nasdaq, Inc., the operator of the Nasdaq Stock Market and other international securities exchanges, in connection with its acquisition of Chi-X Canada ATS Ltd., a Canadian alternative securities trading platform.
Acted as counsel to Knauf Insulation GmbH with respect to its acquisition of the fiberglass insulation manufacturing business of Guardian Industries Corp.
Investment and Joint Venture Transactions
Represented Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., a global retail and pharmacy company, with respect to its joint venture combining its mail order and specialty pharmacy operations with those of Prime Therapeutics, Inc. in a transaction valued at USD 2 billion.
Acted as counsel to Abbott Laboratories in connection with its USD 2.3 billion public resale offering of shares of Mylan N.V. underwritten by Morgan Stanley and Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Bar Association - Section on Business Law
- Illinois~United States (1985)
- Boston University School of Law (J.D. cum laude) (1985)
- University of Denver (B.S.) (1982)