• Craig D. Miller

    Co-Chair, Financial Services and Banking
    Capital Markets
    Mergers and Acquisitions
    Venture Capital
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    San Francisco
    Direct: 415.291.7415
    General: 415.291.7400
    Fax: 415.291.7474


    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.

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    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 and asset sales. As the co-chair of Manattʹs Financial Services and Banking Division, Mr. Miller counsels both financial institutions and the underwriters and placement agents that 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.

    Representative Matters

    Capital Market Transactions

    Sandler O'Neill & Partners, L.P.—counsel to underwriter in initial public offering of First Foundation, Inc.

    Avidbank Holdings, Inc.—corporate counsel to Avidbank Holdings, Inc., in common stock equity raise and subordinated debt transaction

    Central Pacific Financial Corp.—corporate counsel to CPFC in multiple public, underwritten sale of common stock by lead private equity investors

    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

    QAD, Inc.—corporate counsel to QAD in underwritten, follow-on offering

    SVB Financial Group—special corporate counsel in multiple senior and subordinated note offerings

    Presidio Bank—corporate counsel to Presidio Bank in subordinated debt offering and equity rights offering

    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

    Merger and Acquisition Transactions

    Bay Area Legal Aid—counsel to Bay Area Legal Aid in merger with Legal Aid of Napa Valley

    Blue Bottle Coffee, LLC—counsel to co-founders of Blue Bottle Coffee in sale of control transaction

    ABD Insurance—counsel to ABD Insurance in multiple acquisitions of various insurance agencies

    Tectura Corporation—corporate counsel to Tectura Corporation in connection with sale of North American assets to UXC Eclipse

    Pan Pacific Bank—counsel to Pan Pacific Bank in merger with California Bank of Commerce

    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 Allergan

    CVB Financial Corp.—corporate counsel to CVB Financial in acquisition of American Security Bank and County Commerce Bank

    Belvedere Capital Fund—corporate counsel to selling shareholder in connection with sale of Professional Business Bank

    Solveras Payment Solutions—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

    Venture Capital Transactions

    Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.—counsel to Mitsui in preferred financing to Pipeline RX, LLC.

    Khaylo—counsel to Khaylo in seed stage financing

    Draper Fisher Jurvetson—corporate counsel in formation of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Fund X, L.P.

    New Atlantic Venture—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.

    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.

    MeetUp, Inc.—counsel to investors in preferred stock financing of MeetUp

    Honors & Awards


    Author, "How Fintech Is Changing Community And Regional Banks," Law360, June 22, 2015.

    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.

    Memberships & Activities

    Admitted to practice in California.

    Appointed Member, California State Bar Financial Institutions Committee

    Wexner Heritage Foundation Fellow

    Member, Board of Directors, Camp Ramah of Northern California

    Speaking Engagements