Co-Chair, Financial Services and BankingCapital MarketsMergers and AcquisitionsVenture Capital
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Loyola Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993.St. Thomas More Society.Order of the Coif.Articles Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review.
Occidental College, A.B., summa cum laude, 1990, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Sigma Nu, Phi Delta Phi.Staff Writer/Calendar Editor, The Occidental.
Craig Miller’s practice focuses on representing public and private corporations in a wide range of sophisticated corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions and public and private equity and debt securities offerings. He also regularly represents venture capital funds and their portfolio companies in venture fund formation, capital raises and strategic transactions, including stock sales, asset sales and complex reorganization transactions. As the co-chair of Manatt's Financial Services and Banking Division, Mr. Miller counsels both financial institutions, and the underwriters and placement agents which service them, on securities offerings, branch purchases and sales and whole bank acquisitions, along with day to day corporate governance issues and periodic reporting.
A frequent publisher and lecturer, Mr. Miller has also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he taught Corporations.
Selective Venture Capital Transactions
—counsel to investors in preferred stock financing of Highlight
Blue Bottle Coffee, LLC
—counsel to co-founder of Blue Bottle Coffee in sale of control transaction
Spotflux, Inc.—counsel to investors in preferred stock financing of Spotflux
Draper Fisher Jurvetson—corporate counsel in formation of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Fund X, L.P.
New Atlantic Ventures—corporate counsel in formation of New Atlantic Venture Fund IV, L.P.
Liquid Robotics, Inc.—counsel to VantagePoint Venture Partners in preferred stock financing of Liquid Robotics
Yantra, Inc.—counsel to Artiman Ventures in preferred stock financing of Yantra, Inc.
WaterSmart, Inc—counsel to Physic Ventures and Menlo Incubator in preferred stock financing of WaterSmart
Draper Fisher Jurvetson Growth Fund—corporate counsel in formation of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Growth Fund, L.P.
Coverity, Inc.—corporate counsel to Coverity in preferred stock financing led by Foundation Capital and Benchmark Capital
SolarCity, Inc.—counsel to investors in preferred stock financing of SolarCity
Colchis Capital Advisors—counsel to Colchis Capital Advisors in connection with formation of Colchis/Prosper Income Fund, L.P.
Kajeet, Inc.—counsel to Gabriel Venture Partners and Draper Fisher Jurvetson Growth Fund in connection with recapitalization of Kajeet
MeetUp, Inc.—counsel to investors in preferred stock financing of MeetUp
Selective Capital Market Transactions
Avidbank Holdings, Inc.—corporate counsel to Avidbank Holdings, Inc., in common stock equity raise
Central Pacific Financial Corp.—corporate counsel to CPFC in public, underwritten sale of common stock by the United States Treasury
CVB Financial Corp.—corporate counsel in underwritten common stock capital raise
Credit Suisse—corporate counsel to underwriter in connection with common stock offering of City National Corporation
SVB Financial Group—special corporate counsel in multiple senior and subordinated note offerings
Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P.—counsel to underwriter in ATM offering and secondary market sale by United States Treasury of Central Pacific Financial Corp.
Valley Bancorp—corporate counsel to underwriter in initial public offering of Valley Bancorp
B. Riley & Co.—counsel to underwriter in connection with underwritten public offering of preferred stock of Bank of the Internet
Triodos Foundation—counsel to the Triodos Foundation in connection with private equity investment in New Resource Bank
Cathay General Bancorp—counsel to issuer in ATM offering underwritten by BofA Merrill Lynch
Selective Merger and Acquisition Transactions
Tectura Corporation—corporate counsel to Tectura Corporation in connection with sale of North American assets to UXC Eclipse
Coverity, Inc.—corporate counsel to Coverity in connection with acquisitions of Solidware Technologies, Inc. and Codefast, Inc.
Precision Light, Inc.—corporate counsel to Precision Light, Inc. in sale to Fortune 500 healthcare company
CVB Financial Corp.—corporate counsel to CVB Financial in acquisition of American Security Bank
Belvedere Capital Fund—corporate counsel to selling shareholder in connection with sale of Professional Business Bank
Temple-Inland, Inc.—corporate counsel to acquirer in connection with acquisition of California Financial Holding Company and Stockton Federal Bank, FSB
Golden West Enterprises, Inc.—corporate counsel to acquirer of Golden West Enterprises, Inc.
Payment Processor—corporate counsel in connection with sale of payment processor to TransFirst, Inc.
Placer Sierra Bancshares—corporate counsel to Placer Sierra Bancshares in sale to Wells Fargo, Inc.
Union Bank—corporate counsel to Union Bank in connection with acquisition of Business Bank of California
Co-Author, "SEC Approves NYSE and NASDAQ Rules on Compensation Committees and Advisers," Westlaw Journal Securities Litigation & Regulation, February 19, 2013.
"Using Fairness Hearings in Mergers to Avoid SEC Registration," VCExperts, June 29, 2012.
"Small Banks' Ranks Will Dwindle Without New Charters," American Banker, March 21, 2012.
Co-Author, "What are the Rules and Guidelines for Director Independence?" BankDirector.Com, August 12, 2011.
"Proposed Guidance on Stress Testing: A Valuable Reminder," The Bank Board Letter, July 2011.
Co-Author, "Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: Two Key Areas of Focus for Boards of Directors," Western Independent Bankers, January/February 2011.
Co-Author, “Compensation Committees, Consultants Now Under the gun,” CFOZone.com, August 11, 2010.
“Assessing the Current Financial Turbulence: Opportunities in the Midst of Crisis,” in Private Equity and Venture Capital Trends in a Turbulent Economy, June, 2009 (Aspatore Publishers).
“Starting a New Stock Repurchase Program or Expanding an Existing Stock Repurchase Program: A Primer for Banks and Bank Holding Companies,” Banking Law Journal, January 2008.
Co-Author, “Community Banks Look Ahead to a New Stock Exchange Regime,” Community Banker, May 2003.
“Putting Stock in Corporate Giving,” Los Angeles Lawyer, July/August 2000.
“New Hurdle Raised for Government in 10b-5 Cases,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 12, 1998.
“Harbor Breeze: SEC Change Opens Investment Opportunities,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 30, 1997.
Appointed Member, California State Bar Financial Institutions Committee
Wexner Heritage Foundation Fellow
Member, Board of Directors, Camp Ramah of Northern California
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