Craig D. Miller

Financing and M&A

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I co-chair the board of directors for Camp Ramah of Northern California, an innovative Jewish summer camp located along the beautiful shores of Monterey Bay.

Professional Background

I lead Manatt’s financial services group and represent public and private corporations in a wide range of corporate matters. Over the past 25 years, I have led countless transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and public and private equity and debt securities offerings. I regularly represent venture capital funds in portfolio investments, capital raises and strategic transactions.

I also counsel 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.

As a frequent publisher and lecturer, I served as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where I taught corporations law.

Representative Experience With Emerging Companies

  • Iron Pillar, a Mumbai-based venture capital firm, as U.S. counsel in its $4 million investment in Seattle-based software-as-a-service startup CoreStack and in its $22 million preferred financing of Vyome Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., the Japanese parent company of Mitsui USA, in its preferred financing of Pipeline RX, LLC.
  • New Atlantic Ventures, a venture fund that invests in seed and early-stage tech companies, in its seed-stage financing of Atlas Obscura.
  • Runa Capital, a tech-focused venture capital firm, in preferred financings of Procurify Technologies and Zipdrug, Inc., and in a Series A financing of Oxygen, Inc.
  • Varo Money, Inc., a mobile banking startup, in closing a $45 million Series B funding round led by existing investor Warburg Pincus and The Rise Fund, a global impact fund.

Areas of Focus

  • Industries: Financial services, technology
  • Venture capital financings
  • Capital markets
  • Corporate
  • M&A

My Advice to Entrepreneurs
  1.  Don’t take shortcuts to get to the end goal.
  2.  Partner with those you get along with, not with those who just may be impressive to others.
  3.  Share the passion for your product with your strategic advisors.