Experience

Crayton has over 25 years of experience advising public and private clients on a wide variety of corporate transactions, including cash and stock mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, corporate reorganizations, joint ventures and strategic alliances, with a primary focus on private equity transactions.  He also advises management and boards of directors on organizational, governance and “general counsel” issues.  Representative experience includes:

Private Equity – Acquisitions and investments in a variety of industries, including energy, medical services, broadcasting, satellites, auto parts, publishing and others.

Start-Ups and Early-Stage Companies – General corporate, governance and transactional advice to early-stage businesses and investors, and assistance with various operational and contractual matters.

Energy, Power & Utilities – Ranked for several years by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for corporate transactions in the energy sector. Notable public transactions include representation of a foreign buyer in its first U.S. acquisition of a public utility, representation of a private equity firm in the first leveraged buyout of a public utility in the U.S., and representation of both corporate and private equity clients on transactions involving renewable energy, power plants and transmission assets.

Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy – Have worked extensively with financial restructuring and bankruptcy practices, representing both creditors’ committees and debtors on numerous 363 sale transactions and plans of reorganization, including the Enron, Refco and Lehman Brothers bankruptcies.

Outsourcing, – Have also worked on a variety of IT and business process outsourcing transactions, including representation of the National Health Service in the UK.

Crayton began his career and became a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, and worked in both the New York and London offices.  He later joined King & Spalding as a partner based in its New York office.  He has extensive experience working on transactions throughout the U.S, Europe and Latin America and, to a lesser extent, Asia and the Middle East. 

Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, (J.D., 1991)
  • Vanderbilt University (M.A., Economics, 1982)
  • The University of the South (B.A., 1981)
Professional
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member and Treasurer, Stonington Harbor Yacht Club, Stonington, CT
Admissions
  • New York
Transactions
  • Represented DeepFraud Technologies Inc. (d/b/a EvolutionIQ), a provider of predictive analytics platforms serving the general liability, workers compensation and group disability insurance lines of business, in connection with its Series Seed-2 Preferred Stock financing.

  • Represented RIMES Technologies Corporation, an enterprise data solution provider and financial data reseller, in its sale of a controlling equity stake to an affiliate of EQT Partners, a publicly traded Stockholm-based private-equity firm.

  • Represented Energy Impact Partners LP, a fund focusing on investments in technologies and projects that optimize energy consumption and improve sustainable energy generation, in connection with its investment in the Series B Preferred Stock financing of Marketing Evolution, a leading provider of global AI-based marketing optimization and analytics software.

  • Represented Energy Impact Partners LP, a fund focusing on investments in technologies and projects that optimize energy consumption and improve sustainable energy generation, in connection with its investment in the Series C-1 Preferred Stock financing of Attivo Networks, Inc., the award-winning leader in cybersecurity threat detection.

  • Represented Energy Impact Partners LP, a fund focusing on investments in technologies and projects that optimize energy consumption and improve sustainable energy generation, in connection with its investment in the Series A-1 Preferred Stock of Zeco Holdings, Inc. (d/b/a Greenlots), a developer of energy management solutions focusing on electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

  • Represented Energy Impact Partners LP, a fund focusing on investments in technologies and projects that optimize energy consumption and improve sustainable energy generation, in connection with its investment in the Series C-1 Preferred Stock of FirstFuel Software, Inc., a leader in business customer engagement in the energy industry.

  • Represented Energy Impact Partners LP, a fund focusing on investments in technologies and projects that optimize energy consumption and improve sustainable energy generation, in connection with its investment in the Series A Preferred Units of PowerPHASE, LLC, a developer of advanced aero-thermal technology for power generation and industrial applications.

  • Represented Energy Impact Partners LP, a fund focusing on investments in technologies and projects that optimize energy consumption and improve sustainable energy generation, in connection with its investment in the Series A Preferred Stock of Sense Labs, a leading home energy and awareness platform.