Craig Schmitz is a partner in the firm’s Technology Companies Group, where his practice focuses on representing emerging growth companies, particularly in the technology and life science sectors, venture capital firms and underwriters. He joined Goodwin in 2010. Mr. Schmitz specializes in representing technology companies in a wide range of transactions. He works closely with venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and underwriters in venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and initial public offerings. Mr. Schmitz represents private and public emerging growth companies, issuers and underwriters involved in public offerings and companies involved in merger and acquisition transactions, as well as venture capital and private equity firms in buyout and recapitalization transactions. Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Schmitz was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Gunderson Dettmer. Before that, he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and General Counsel at Ariba, Inc., a publicly traded enterprise software company. In this role, he was responsible for a number of functions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic investing, partnering and licensing, and corporate governance.