Craig Hodgson

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)1603 693421
Mobile: 07740 918230
Fax: +(44)(0)1603 626370

What can I do for you?

I am a specialist in mergers and acquisitions and company law here at Mills & Reeve. My work includes advising clients - who range from large multinational, public companies and private equity houses to individual investors - buy, sell or invest in companies and businesses in the UK and overseas. As part of one of the UK’s largest corporate law teams, I have considerable experience in major cross-border transactions and have acted on many share issues on AIM and the official list and takeovers. 

I lead the firm's food and beverage sector group, which comprises a team of 40 lawyers and represents over 100 clients in the sector.  I am also one of the firm's desk heads for the Americas, having recently travelled to Chicago, Washington DC and Sao Paolo.

Supporting my clients’ ambitions

I have worked closely with clients to implement their acquisition and investment strategies, including acting for private equity groups on investments and acquisitions. For example, I recently acted for a private equity house on the acquisition of a business in the health sector and helped a business in the energy sector secure a significant investment from a large US private equity house. In June 2014, I acted for management on the secondary buyout of EV Offshore to Dunedin in a £69 million transaction. In December 2014 I acted for all the Shareholders and management on the secondary buy out to Sovereign Capital.

I have particular experience of advising on cross-border transactions, including the sale of Mintech Semiconductors Limited to a USA multinational ASC Inc, PFE International Limited on its £27 million sale to Neopost SA, the purchase of BF1 Systems Limited from Beru AG and the sale of LJ Group Limited to a subsidiary of Infinitas in 2012. I have recently acted for a New York Stock Exchange listed company acquiring a UK technology business.

In the food and beverage sector, I led a team that recently acted on the complex sale of a £100 million turnover food processing company to food industry giant Cranswick Plc, involving the sale of the company, a statutory demerger, pension regulator and Competition Commission consent, and the management buy out of a division. In April 2013, I acted on the sale of East Anglian Pigs Limited to Cranswick Country Foods Plc. In December 2014 I acted for Shareholders on the sale of Brandbank to a subsidiary of New York Stock Exchange listed Nielsen.

I have also advised a publicly owned brewery company to establish an anaerobic digester facility and on the acquisition of a hotel business. I represent numerous other clients in the food and beverage sector, including an international food services company for whom I and my team act on acquisitions.

On the technical side of company law, I have also recently advised a public company client on its constitution and strategy and have delivered seminars on numerous corporate law topics. I have chaired a food law conference in June 2013 and a food law seminar in September 2013, and provided regular articles on mergers and acquisitions in the food sector to national newspapers and the Grocer magazine.

What do others say?

Legal 500 says: “'Head and shoulders above the rest’ of the competition, Mills & Reeve continues to occupy a near unassailable position in the local corporate marketplace. Given its depth of resources and extensive regional coverage, it is clearly the biggest fish in the East Anglian pond. Peers say that they would not hesitate to refer work to the practice, while clients acclaim the ‘advice that is perfectly tailored to our business aims’.”

I am also recognised as a leading individual in Chambers UK and Legal 500.

What else should you know?

I am a keen cyclist, hill walker and passionate Norwich City season ticket holder.