CRAIG E. SHERMAN

Partner
 
Corporate Finance
Corporate Law & Governance
Entrepreneurial Services
Mergers & Acquisitions
Venture Capital

EXPERIENCE:

Craig Sherman is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he focuses on corporate and securities laws, representing companies, venture capital firms, and investments banks in private placements and public offerings. Craig also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, and domestic and international joint ventures.

Craig began private practice in 1989 with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Paris, and joined Perkins Coie in Seattle in January 1995. He became a director in the Kirkland office of Venture Law Group in December 1996 and was managing director of the Kirkland office from May 2000 until August 2002, when he joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He has been a member of the firm's Policy Committee, Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee, and Finance Committee.

In addition to English, Craig is fluent in French and knowledgeable in Italian, Spanish, and Korean.

SELECT MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS:
  • 4thpass in its sale to Motorola
  • 5to1 in its sale to Yahoo!
  • Adaptix in its sale to Acacia Research
  • AdRelevance in its sale to Media Metrix
  • AdXpose in its sale to comScore
  • Ascentium in the sale of certain assets to Avanade
  • Atom Films in its sale to Shockwave
  • Avogadro in its sale to Openwave Systems
  • CapitalStream in its sale to HCL
  • Cozi in its sale to Time
  • Daptiv in its sale to Parallax
  • GoAhead in its sale to Oracle
  • High Gear Media in its sale to Internet Brands
  • Intelligent Results in its sale to First Data Corporation
  • iShip.com in its sale to Stamps.com
  • Isilon in its sale to EMC
  • Likewise in its sale to EMC
  • LiveMocha in its sale to Rosetta Stone
  • Marketwave in its sale to Accrue Software
  • M:Metrics in its sale to comScore
  • Metaresolver in its sale to Millenial Media
  • MetricsHub in its sale to Microsoft
  • Mobilisafe in its sale to Rapid7
  • Pi in its sale to EMC
  • Positronic in its sale to eBay
  • Pure Networks in its sale to Cisco
  • RadioFrame Networks in its sales of assets to Motorola and others
  • Rendition Networks in its sale to Opsware
  • Smilebox in its sale to IncrediMail
  • SingingFish in its sale to Thomson Consumer Electronics
  • Sparq in its sale to Yahoo!
  • TalentSpring in its sale to Talent Technologies
  • Tier 3 in its sale to CenturyLink
  • Viathan in its sale to Dantz Development
  • Wavtrace in its sale to Harris Corp.
  • Who's Calling in its acquisitions of Clickpath and StandardCall
  • Who's Calling in its sale to Vista Equity
  • XYPOINT in its sale to TeleCommunication Systems
  • Zango in its acquisition of Hotbar
SELECT CLIENTS:

Craig's current corporate clients include:

  • Apptentive
  • Basho
  • Bidu
  • BigDoor Media
  • Blue Box
  • Boo-box
  • BuddyTV
  • Bungie
  • Cheezburger
  • Context Relevant
  • DocuSign
  • EduK
  • EnergySavvy
  • EveryMove
  • Farmstr
  • Flowplay
  • Geekwire
  • GraphLab
  • Guanxi
  • Igneous
  • Indix
  • INRIX
  • Intrepid Learning
  • Jobaline
  • Julep
  • Medicinia
  • mInfo
  • Mind Lab
  • Parallels
  • PayScale
  • Photobucket
  • Rhiza
  • Rivertop Renewables
  • Rover.com
  • Scout
  • Spaceflight
  • Syntonic Wireless
  • Tellwise
  • UIEvolution
  • Unify Square
  • Viralheat
  • WildTangent
  • Yapta
  • Zoomingo

Craig's venture capital clients have included:

  • Accel
  • Battery
  • Bessemer
  • Divergent
  • e.Bricks
  • Foundry Group
  • Frazier Healthcare Ventures
  • Frazier Technology Ventures
  • Greylock
  • Ignition
  • iHatch
  • Madrona
  • Maveron
  • Monashees
  • Northwest Venture Associates
  • OVP
  • Sequoia
  • Trilogy
  • Voyager Capital
  • W Fund
EDUCATION:
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1989
    Cum Laude; Articles Editor, Harvard Human Rights Yearbook
  • M.A., International Political Studies, and B.A., International Relations and French, Stanford University, 1985
    With Honors
  • Certificat d'Etudes Politiques, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris, France, 1983
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Board Member, University of Washington Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Board Member, The Indus Entrepreneurs, Seattle Chapter
  • Board Member, Daniel Pearl Foundation
  • Board Member, Washington Technology Industry Association
HONORS:
  • Named the 2012 Seattle Venture Capital Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers
  • Named "Best Service Provider" at the Seattle 2.0 Awards 2011
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2008-2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America
  • Recognized in the 2007-2014 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, in which clients described him as "very knowledgeable and experienced" and lauded him as "a lawyer's lawyer" who "lays out recommendations clearly"
  • Named in Washington Super Lawyers in 2003-2014 and recognized among the Top 100 Lawyers in the State of Washington
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
ADMISSIONS:
  • State Bar of New York
  • State Bar of Washington

Contact Information

701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 5100
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone | 206-883-2510
Fax | 206-883-2699

Email | Craig Shermancsherman@wsgr.com

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