Craig Garner is a corporate partner with extensive experience representing companies in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and a broad range of general corporate and securities matters. Mr. Garner serves as primary outside counsel for a number of public and private companies and regularly advises boards of directors and special committees in complex strategic transactions and corporate governance matters.

Mr. Garner leads the San Diego Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer, and named among the top 100 influential leaders in San Diego, by numerous legal publications.

Mr. Garner successfully advises public and private companies in complex strategic transactions, including:

  • Public and private offerings
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures
  • Going private transactions
  • Shareholder activism and takeover defense planning

Mr. Garner regularly lectures on a variety of M&A and securities law topics. He also co-authors the Annual Meeting Handbook, which is published annually and distributed nationwide.

Mr. Garner’s experience includes representing:

  • AeroVironment in connection with its US$100 million IPO
  • BioMed Realty Trust in connection with its US$400 million IPO, follow-on offerings of equity and debt raising more than US$1 billion, acquisition of Wexford Science & Technology, and US$8 billion sale to The Blackstone Group
  • Bridge Investment Group in connection with its US$300 million IPO and acquisition of Gorelick Brothers Capital
  • Callaway Golf in connection with its follow-on offerings of equity and debt raising more than US$250 million, and acquisitions of Ogio, TravisMathew, Jack Wolfskin, and Topgolf
  • Essex Property Trust in connection with its follow-on offerings of equity and debt raising more than US$1 billion
  • Excel Trust in connection with its US$200 million IPO, follow-on offerings of equity and debt raising more than US$500 million, and US$2 billion sale to The Blackstone Group
  • Extra Space Storage in connection with its follow-on offerings of equity and debt raising more than US$1 billion and acquisition of SmartStop Self Storage for US$1.4 billion
  • FivePoint in connection with its strategic combination to form FivePoint Holdings, the largest developer of mixed-use communities in coastal California
  • Huntsman Family Investments in connection with its acquisition of GTA TeleGuam
  • Pulse Electronics in connection with its sale to Oaktree Capital Management
  • Rapid Bridge in connection with its sale to Qualcomm
  • SkyWest Airlines in connection with its capital raising transactions of more than US$1 billion and sale of ExpressJet to United Airlines joint venture
  • SpiderCloud Wireless in connection with its sale to Corning
  • Viasat in connection with its IPO, follow-on offerings of equity and debt raising more than US$1 billion, and acquisitions of RigNet, NetNearU, US Monolithics, Efficient Channel Coding, Enerdyne Technologies, Intelligent Compression Technologies, Stonewood Group Limited, and WildBlue Communications
  • Zhone Technologies in connection with its acquisitions of DASAN Network Solutions, Tellium, Premisys Communications, Sorrento Networks, Gluon Networks, Paradyne Networks, NEC Eluminant Technologies, and a division of Nortel Networks

Bar Qualification

  • California

Education

  • JD, Stanford University Law School, 1992
  • BS, University of California, Berkeley, 1989