Craig Menden

Partner

Palo Alto
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
1801 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
T 650 887 9382
F 650 887 9499
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Craig Menden is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, where he concentrates on complex M&A transactions. For over 20 years, Craig has focused his practice on the representation of technology and life sciences companies. His transactional experience includes more than 1,000 transactions and acting as lead negotiator in over 300 completed mergers and acquisitions with values ranging from tens of millions to nearly twenty billion dollars.

Craig’s representation ranges from young startups like Periscope to mature tech companies like Cisco Systems. He has extensive experience with a broad range of deal structures, especially public company acquisitions and VC-backed private acquisitions. He also regularly represents parties in acquihires, tax free double mergers, tender offers, so-called “reverse” mergers and other less common structures.

Craig Menden is a partner in the Corporate & Financial Services Department, where he concentrates on complex M&A transactions. For over 20 years, Craig has focused his practice on the representation of technology and life sciences companies. His transactional experience includes more than 1,000 transactions and acting as lead negotiator in over 300 completed mergers and acquisitions with values ranging from tens of millions to nearly twenty billion dollars.

Craig’s representation ranges from young startups like Periscope to mature tech companies like Cisco Systems. He has extensive experience with a broad range of deal structures, especially public company acquisitions and VC-backed private acquisitions. He also regularly represents parties in acquihires, tax free double mergers, tender offers, so-called “reverse” mergers and other less common structures.

Selected Significant Matters

Craig has acted as lead counsel in the following notable transactions*:

  • Cisco acquisition of Voicea
  • Rovi Corporation acquisition of TiVo for $1.1 billion
  • Cisco Systems acquisition of Luxtera for $660 million
  • Cisco Systems acquisition of OpenDNS for $635 million 
  • Elemental Technologies sale to Amazon.com 
  • Sale of SteelBrick to Salesforce for $360 million 
  • Periscope sale to Twitter 
  • Merger of Objet and Stratasys, resulting in a $1.4 billion combined company, and the acquisition of Makerbot for up to $600 million in Stratasys stock 
  • Sale of Volterra Semiconductor to Maxim Integrated Products for $605 million in a tender offer pursuant to the new §251(h) of the DGCL (the second transaction ever completed under new §251(h)) 
  • Sale of SpookyCool Labs to Zynga 
  • Acquisitions for Cadence Design Systems, including the acquisition of Sigrity for $80 million 
  • Sale of Postini to Google for approximately $640 million
  • Millennial Media in its acquisition of Jumptap for approximately $250 million in stock, and its acquisition of Metaresolver in an all cash acquisition 
  • Several acquisitions for Intuit, including the acquisition of Digital Insight Corporation for approximately $1.2 billion, the divestiture of Blue Ocean Software, and recently the acquisitions of Applatix, Payvment and Itrios
  • 15 additional acquisitions for Cisco Systems 
  • Sale of Funzio to Gree International for $210 million 
  • Sale of AlphaCore Pharma to AstraZeneca for up to $190 million

* Craig advised on some of these matters prior to joining Willkie.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Willkie in 2019, Craig was a partner at Cooley LLP.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

Craig is an active member of the American Bar Association's M&A Committee and is currently Chair of the Market Trends Subcommittee that oversees publication of the Market Trends Surveys. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Committee’s working group that published the Private Target Mergers & Acquisitions Deal Points Study.

Craig is actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America and previously served on the Board of Trustees for the Charles Armstrong School, a private school for dyslexic learners.

Selected Publications and Lectures

Craig speaks regularly on mergers & acquisitions related topics at various events and symposia, including three times annually conducting the American Bar Association's M&A Market Trends Subcommittee meetings.

Recognition, Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers: Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney (2016-2018)
  • Who's Who Legal: Mergers & Acquisitions (2018)
  • Legal 500: United States Edition in the Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts – M&A: Large Deals ($1bn-5bn) category (2018)

Recognition, Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers: Top Rated Mergers & Acquisitions Attorney (2016-2018)
  • Who's Who Legal: Mergers & Acquisitions (2018)
  • Legal 500: United States Edition in the Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts – M&A: Large Deals ($1bn-5bn) category (2018)
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