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, sponsors and concessionaires 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, their litigation matters and ongoing legal and business counseling.
Among other clients, Mr. Davis has provided legal counseling to Alticor Inc.; American Water Company; Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.; Centene Corporation; Coin Acceptors, Inc.; Comcast Spectacor; Contractors Register, Inc.; Delaware North Companies; Emerson Electric Co.; Enterprise Holdings, Inc.; ESCO Technologies Inc.; HOF Village, LLC (a joint venture of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group); International Paper Company; the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association; Michelin North America, Inc.; The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.; New York Life Insurance Company; Orlando Pace, Kurt Warner and Roland Williams, former players from the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Scottrade, Inc.; the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League; the St. Louis Cardinals from Major League Baseball; Stifel Financial Corp.; Windstream Corporation; World Wide Technology, Inc. and all thirty National Hockey League clubs. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Davis worked in the corporate finance group of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. and in the congressional office of a United States Congressman.