Craig Wood is a Partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. His practice has encompassed the representation of institutional investors, private equity sponsors, high net-worth individuals, pension funds, pension fund advisors and private companies in a broad range of real estate projects throughout the United States.

Craig’s practice has included all aspects of real estate transactional law, including development, acquisition, disposition (including sale-leaseback transactions), tax-deferred exchange, commercial financing (including permanent and interim financing, construction loans and mezzanine loans, with a special emphasis on loans with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and CMBS lenders), commercial leasing, real estate fund formation and related transactions involving office, retail, industrial, mixed-use (residential/office and retail), multi-family and student housing projects. For several years, Craig’s practice focused on the acquisition, disposition, financing, operation and management of multi-family projects throughout the Western United States employing Tenancy-in-Common and private equity fund ownership structures.  Additionally, Craig has represented real estate investors in the formation of limited liability companies and joint ventures.

Craig’s practice has included additionally the general representation of a solar financing company, and, specifically, the negotiation and drafting of member interest purchase agreements, asset purchase and sale agreements, power purchase agreements, solar lease and roof agreements with host customers, master turnkey solar installation agreements with third party solar contractors, and non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements.

Craig’s 37 years of practice has encompassed not only the legal representation of clients but business counselling, guiding clients in transaction structuring and means of maximizing their opportunities in various transactions.

Before joining VLP, Craig was a sole practitioner and before that a partner and West Coast Chair of the Real Estate Practice Group at Foley & Lardner LLP.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • M.A., Communication Studies, Northwestern University
  • A.B., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, with distinction
  • Co-Author, “FDIC Adopts Rules To Attract Private Equity Purchasers Of Failed Banks,” Foley & Lardner (2009)
  • Co-Author, “The TIC Industry – What To Expect in 2009,” Foley & Lardner (2009)
  • Co-Author, “Simple Rules For Surviving The Debt Crisis,” Foley & Lardner (2008)
  • Co-Author, “SEC May Open Door For Commercial Real Estate Brokers in TIC Transactions,” Foley & Lardner (2007)
  • “Proposed Barriers to Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate,” Probate and Property (1990)
    • Overview of Tenancy-in-Common Structure, Foley & Lardner, 2007