About Craig

Craig Pacheco is an associate in Stoel Rives’ Corporate group. He advises both public and private company clients across a variety of industries with respect to mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate reorganizations, general commercial transactions and corporate governance matters. Craig has experience counseling companies in the food, beverage and hospitality industries with respect to company formation, licensing, regulatory approvals and compliance matters.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Craig was an associate with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (2015-2019). Prior to law school, he spent several years working in corporate finance for leading companies within the alcohol beverage industry; first as Senior Financial Analyst for Diageo (2008-2010) and then as Finance Manager for William Grant & Sons (2010-2012). Craig takes pride in getting the details right and guiding clients through complex transactions and regulatory matters.

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  • Advise alcohol beverage industry clients with respect to licensing matters, advertising and marketing compliance and general trade practice compliance with the regulations of the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau as well as various state regulatory agencies.
  • Represented publicly traded retailer in connection with all alcohol regulatory and licensing matters for its 150+ stores in the state of Missouri. Appointed managing officer (with respect to the sale of alcoholic beverages) for all of its stores and managed communications with the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.
  • Represented national restaurant chain in connection with various alcohol regulatory matters, including co-branding agreements, advertising and promotions and trade practices compliance.
  • Represented West Coast regional restaurant chain with respect to various state licensing and regulatory and compliance matters in connection with a corporate restructuring and expansion into new markets.
  • Represented California-based wine importer with respect to formation, licensing, labeling and distribution agreement in connection with the launch of a new brand.
  • Represented restaurant client with respect to alcohol regulatory and licensing matters in connection with its “cloud kitchen” concept, including California regulations pertaining to third-party delivery services.
  • Prepared analysis of regulations governing intrastate and interstate shipping of alcoholic beverages for a national retailer.
  • Represented publicly traded international foods company in connection with its $750 million purchase of a U.S.-based contract packaging business. Managed corporate secretary function for client for two years following transaction closing.
  • Represented publicly traded international foods company in connection with the $1.1 billion sale of its U.S.-based contract packaging business.
  • Represented manufacturer of Italian food products in connection with the drafting and negotiation of national television and digital media advertising purchasing agreements.
  • Represented publicly traded insurance holding company in connection with a global restructuring that involved every aspect of its subsidiaries’ worldwide insurance operations. Led the formation of a new life insurance company licensed in 49 states and several U.S. territories, and assisted with the transfer of the insurance subsidiaries’ worldwide investment portfolio, multiple asset sales, mergers and reinsurance transactions, and a comprehensive review of the holding company system’s worldwide policies and affiliate agreements.
  • Represented property and casualty insurance company in connection with the acquisition of a financially distressed automobile insurance company, which required approvals from the state department of insurance and the U.S. bankruptcy court.
  • Represented regional financial services company in connection with a $15 million investment in an insurance company.
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Honors & Activities

Civic Activities

  • Fellow, World Affairs Council, Seattle WA, 2019-2020
  • Development Board member, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, 2017-2019
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Presenter, “From Mash to Market: A Primer on the Law of Spirits,” Young Lawyers Division Meeting, King County Bar Association, Seattle, WA, April 24, 2019

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