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Ryan S. Davis

Partner

, Bryan Cave LLP
St. Louis

Tel

1 314 259 2818

Fax

1 314 552 8818
rsdavis@bryancave.com
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Ryan S. Davis

Partner


St. Louis



One Metropolitan Square
211 North Broadway, Suite 3600
St. Louis, Missouri 63102-2750

Phone:

1 314 259 2818

Fax:

1 314 552 8818

email:

rsdavis@bryancave.com

Ryan Davis is a transactional and business lawyer with a focus on mergers & acquisitions, corporate counseling and sports, entertainment and sponsorship matters. Mr. Davis regularly represents public and private company clients, private business owners and sports teams, players and sponsors in connection with a broad range of corporate transactional matters and serves as a co-leader of the Firm’s Sports and Entertainment Group.

His M&A and corporate counseling practice focuses on advising clients in connection with their merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions; their joint venture and other strategic transactions; their corporate governance and formation matters; their contractual matters; and their general business and securities law counseling matters. Mr. Davis has advised clients with respect to structuring, fiduciary duty and other corporate and securities law matters in connection with their merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions, joint venture and other strategic transactions and other investment transactions. His sports and entertainment practice focuses on advising sports teams and their owners, players and sponsors as well as clients in the entertainment space in connection with their investments in and ownership of sports franchises, their naming rights, telecast rights, suite license, sponsorship, concession and other commercial agreements, their development and operation of entertainment districts and venues and ongoing legal and business counseling and includes representation of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League in connection with their business operations and representation of the St. Louis Cardinals from Major League Baseball in connection with their Ballpark Village development.

Among other clients, Mr. Davis has provided legal counseling to Alticor Inc.; American Water Company; Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.; Arch Coal, Inc.; Brown Shoe Company, Inc.; Centene Corporation; Coin Acceptors, Inc.; Contractors Register, Inc.; Emerson Electric Co.; ESCO Technologies Inc.; Furniture Brands International, Inc.; International Paper Company; MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.; The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.; Orlando Pace and Roland Williams, former players from the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Ralcorp Holdings, Inc.; Scottrade, Inc.; the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League; the St. Louis Cardinals from Major League Baseball; Stifel Financial Corp.; TALX Corporation; Vanguard Animation, LLC; Windstream Corporation and World Wide Technology, Inc. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Davis worked in the corporate finance group of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc., in the congressional office of U.S. Congressman James Talent of Missouri and for another law firm.

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • St. Louis Business Journal "Thirty Under Thirty" award, 2004
  • St. Louis Sports Commission, Board of Directors
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Development Board Member and Development Board Executive Committee Member
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis, Board of Directors

Ryan Davis is a transactional and business lawyer with a focus on mergers & acquisitions, corporate counseling and sports, entertainment and sponsorship matters. Mr. Davis regularly represents public and private company clients, private business owners and sports teams, players and sponsors in connection with a broad range of corporate transactional matters and serves as a co-leader of the Firm’s Sports and Entertainment Group.

His M&A and corporate counseling practice focuses on advising clients in connection with their merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions; their joint venture and other strategic transactions; their corporate governance and formation matters; their contractual matters; and their general business and securities law counseling matters. Mr. Davis has advised clients with respect to structuring, fiduciary duty and other corporate and securities law matters in connection with their merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions, joint venture and other strategic transactions and other investment transactions. His sports and entertainment practice focuses on advising sports teams and their owners, players and sponsors as well as clients in the entertainment space in connection with their investments in and ownership of sports franchises, their naming rights, telecast rights, suite license, sponsorship, concession and other commercial agreements, their development and operation of entertainment districts and venues and ongoing legal and business counseling and includes representation of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League in connection with their business operations and representation of the St. Louis Cardinals from Major League Baseball in connection with their Ballpark Village development.

Among other clients, Mr. Davis has provided legal counseling to Alticor Inc.; American Water Company; Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.; Arch Coal, Inc.; Brown Shoe Company, Inc.; Centene Corporation; Coin Acceptors, Inc.; Contractors Register, Inc.; Emerson Electric Co.; ESCO Technologies Inc.; Furniture Brands International, Inc.; International Paper Company; MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.; The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.; Orlando Pace and Roland Williams, former players from the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Ralcorp Holdings, Inc.; Scottrade, Inc.; the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League; the St. Louis Cardinals from Major League Baseball; Stifel Financial Corp.; TALX Corporation; Vanguard Animation, LLC; Windstream Corporation and World Wide Technology, Inc. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Davis worked in the corporate finance group of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc., in the congressional office of U.S. Congressman James Talent of Missouri and for another law firm.

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Representative M&A and Corporate Experience

  • Emerson Electric Co. in connection with numerous acquisitions and divestitures, including its approximately $118 million acquisition of the publicly-traded Stratos International, Inc., its approximately $165 million divestiture of its Chromalox Industrial Division and its approximately $145 million divestiture of XOMOX Corporation
  • International Paper Company in connection with its approximately $185 million acquisition of Central Lewmar, LLC (a subsidiary of Chrysalis Capital Partners, Inc.), its approximately $199 million sale of 163,000 acres of real estate properties in the southeastern U.S. and other acquisition and divestiture transactions
  • Stifel Financial Corp. in connection with numerous acquisitions and investments, including its acquisition of the Legg Mason capital markets business from Citigroup, its approximately $135 million acquisition of Ryan Beck Holdings, Inc., its complex convertible debt investment in FSI Group, LLC and its acquisition of 56 branches from UBS Financial Services Inc.
  • TALX Corporation in connection with its $1.4 billion public company merger transaction with Equifax Inc. and numerous acquisitions
  • Windstream Corporation in connection with its approximately $782 million acquisition of Q-Comm Corporation
  • ABB in connection with its approximately $4.2 billion acquisition of Baldor Electric Company
  • MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. in connection with its $200 million+ acquisition of Sun Edison LLC
  • The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. in connection with its investment in Glamour Sales and expansion into China
  • Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. in connection with various cross-border investment activities
  • Vanguard Animation, LLC and its affiliate, Vanguard Films, LLC, the producer of the Academy Award winning "Shrek" and other motion pictures, in connection with various film financings, corporate governance issues and employment issues

Representative Sports and Entertainment Experience

  • Regularly represent the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club of the National Hockey League in connection with their business operations
  • Represented a group of investors in connection with their investment in the St. Louis Blues, the Scottrade Center, the Peabody Opera House and the St. Louis Blues’ minor league hockey franchise
  • Represented the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and its affiliates in connection with their arena naming rights agreement for the Scottrade Center, opera house naming rights agreement for the Peabody Opera House, telecast rights agreement with FOX Sports and various sponsorship and other commercial agreements
  • Represent the St. Louis Cardinals from Major League Baseball in connection with their Ballpark Village development
  • Represent Orlando Pace and Roland Williams, former players from the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League, in connection with various business and transactional ventures
  • Represented private sponsors in connection with suite license and sponsorship matters involving Madison Square Garden, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets and the Denver Broncos
  • Represent a private developer in connection with a significant development matter in the Southeast United States, working alongside Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)
  • Advised previous owner of the Phoenix Coyotes in connection with various contractual matters involving the team and its arena

Bar and Court Admissions

Missouri, 2000

Education

University of Virginia, J.D., 2000

Duke University, B.A., cum laude, 1997

Civic Involvement and Honors

  • St. Louis Business Journal "Thirty Under Thirty" award, 2004
  • St. Louis Sports Commission, Board of Directors
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Development Board Member and Development Board Executive Committee Member
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis, Board of Directors

Education

  • University of Virginia, J.D., 2000
  • Duke University, B.A., cum laude, 1997

Admissions

  • Missouri, 2000

Committee/Leadership Roles

  • Recruiting Committee (Chair)

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