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Ryan Davis is the managing partner of the Firm’s St. Louis office and a co-leader of the Firm’s Sports and Entertainment Group and maintains an active mergers & acquisitions, corporate and sports and entertainment practice. Mr. Davis is a transactional and business lawyer who regularly represents public and private company clients, private business owners, sports teams, owners, players, sponsors and a variety of other clients, with a particular focus in the financial services and sports and entertainment industries. He is recognized by Chambers USA as one of the leading sports attorneys in the United States and by The Best Lawyers in America as one of the leading mergers & acquisitions and corporate attorneys in the country.


His sports and entertainment practice focuses on advising sports teams and their owners, players, sponsors and other business partners as well as other clients in the sports and entertainment industry in connection with their investments in and ownership of sports franchises, their naming rights, sponsorship, telecast rights, suite license, concession and other commercial agreements, their development and operation of entertainment districts and venues, their litigation matters and ongoing legal and business counseling.  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. 


Among other clients, Mr. Davis has provided legal counseling to Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.; Alticor Inc.; American Water Company; Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.; Banc of California; Bayer; CareVet Holdings, LLC; Coin Acceptors, Inc.; Comcast Spectacor; Compass Group Equity Partners; Delaware North Companies; DHL Supply Chain; Emerson Electric Co.; Enterprise Holdings, Inc.; ESCO Technologies Inc.; Fiserv, Inc.; U.S. Olympic Athlete Missy Franklin; Genesis Management and Insurance Services Corporation; Government Employees Health Association (GEHA); Hi-Rez Studios; HOF Village, LLC (a joint venture of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group); International Paper Company; Jim Kavanaugh (member of the St. Louis MLS team ownership group); the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association; MetLife; Michelin North America, Inc.; The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.; New York Life Insurance Company; Oak View Group; Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner, 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.; Target Corporation; University of Virginia Community Credit Union, Inc.; Windstream Corporation; World Wide Technology, Inc. and all thirty-one 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.



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Ryan Davis - America's Top 50 Lawyer - Sports & Entertainment Law - Missouri

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