Craig D. Linder, Esq. is an experienced general corporate lawyer with expertise in securities law, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions matters. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Linder headed the Securities Finance & Compliance practice group at Rasco Klock Perez & Nieto P.L., a prestigious full-service law firm, after working at various large international law firms such as Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., Steel Hector & Davis LLP (which merged with Squire Sanders in 2005), and Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP as a corporate, securities and finance partner for 6 years and as a corporate securities associate for 5 years. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Linder has represented start-ups, early stage, emerging growth, mid-stage and Fortune 500 companies (such as NextEra Energy, Inc., Office Depot, Inc., Ryder Systems, Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., and Abbott Laboratories) in their business transactions.
In his role as a corporate lawyer, Mr. Linder has been responsible for Securities and Exchange Commission compliance and reporting, a variety of public debt and equity offerings and numerous mergers and acquisitions. He has also assisted clients in listing and maintaining their securities on the NYSE and NASDAQ as well as preparing and maintaining the required corporate governing committee charters. Furthermore, Mr. Linder has assisted clients with the registration of debt, equity and complex hybrid securities with the SEC as well as closing more than US$11 billion in public and private debt, equity, convertible and complex hybrid security offerings. Moreover, he has assisted clients in drafting executive compensation and benefit plans, such as stock-based incentive plans, dividend reinvestment plans, direct stock purchase plans, and shareholder rights plans and registering the securities offered under such plans.
Mr. Linder has provided legal advice and services to issuers of securities and venture capitalists. His legal services as to venture capital financing included representation of clients in connection with initial negotiations, counseling clients with respect to terms and conditions of an anticipated financing, drafting, reviewing and negotiating term sheets, conducting due diligence, and drafting, reviewing and negotiating all venture capital transaction documents, including common stock purchase agreements, preferred stock purchase agreements, investor rights agreements, right of first refusal and co-sale agreements, voting agreements, warrants, note purchase agreements, and other documents and agreements related to the venture capital financing.
Mr. Linder earned his law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a Masters of Law in Corporate Taxation from New York University School of Law. He is also a member of the Florida, New York and California State Bars. He was named a Top Deal Maker in 2008 by the Daily Business Review and holds a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating.