Craig Arends is the managing principal of CLA's private equity practice and is responsible for leading CLA's Private Equity (PE) businesses, supporting PE funds and their portfolios in deploying capital, refining exit strategies and help creating stakeholder value.
Craig has extensive experience across retail, consumer products, distribution, manufacturing, technology and business service sectors, and has worked on over 300 transactions with valuations in excess of $10b. Over his 30-year career, Craig has served in several leadership roles in the US and abroad, including in Russia and Ukraine for professional services firms.
Craig says "I build and support CLA teams in leveraging our diverse capabilities and expertise at CLA in advising our PE clients to develop and execute a transformation agenda. We help our clients deliver on their stakeholder commitments through expanding the diversity of their talent, focusing on sustainable investments and deploying new technologies across their investments.”
When not working, Craig enjoys playing golf, excercising and watching any sports, but his most favorite are baseball, football and soccer.
Bachelor of Science in Business, Accounting, University of Minnesota
In the community
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA)
Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
Resources and events
Media coverage 11/10/20236 Strategies to Increase Sales Price When Selling a Franchise
Webinar 11/7/2023Dry Powder — Spending the Unspent Reserve
Event 10/4/202325th Annual Social and Shoot
Media coverage 1/12/2022A Private Equity Firm Offers to Buy Your Business — What Should You Do?
Article 9/22/2021Take Your Business to the Next Level With Private Equity
Media coverage 1/26/2021TitletownTech, CLA Team Up to Help Wisconsin Entrepreneurs
Article 9/9/2020Tips for Private Equity Investments During COVID-19
Article 5/11/2020Navigating the Main Street Lending Program
Article 4/7/2020Decision Tree: Navigate COVID-19 Loan and Grant Options With Ease