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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, owners, players, sponsors and concessionaires 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 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.  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 Alticor Inc.; American Water Company; Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.; Banc of California; Centene Corporation; Coin Acceptors, Inc.; Comcast Spectacor; Compass Group Equity Partners; Contractors Register, Inc.; Delaware North Companies; DHL Supply Chain; Emerson Electric Co.; Enterprise Holdings, Inc.; ESCO Technologies Inc.; Fiserv, Inc.; 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; Michelin North America, Inc.; The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.; New York Life Insurance Company; Oak View Group; 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.; Target Corporation; Windstream Corporation; World Wide Technology, Inc. and all thirty-one National Hockey League clubs and/or their owners. 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.

Practices

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • St. Louis Sports Commission, Board of Directors
    • St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Development Board Member and Development Board Executive Committee Member
    • St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Development Board Member and Development Board Executive Committee Member
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Representative Experience

Representative Sports and Entertainment Experience

  • Currently representing thirty National Hockey League clubs in connection with the pending NHL concussion action
  • Advised clients in connection with over $1.2 billion in naming rights transactions, including naming rights transactions involving Citi Field (home of the New York Mets), Enterprise Center (home of the St. Louis Blues), Fiserv Forum (home of the Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette Golden Eagles), the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village (Pro Football Hall of Fame) and Stifel Theatre
  • 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 (currently known as Enterprise Center), the Peabody Opera House (currently known as Stifel Theatre) and the St. Louis Blues’ minor league hockey franchise
  • Represented Jim Kavanaugh, President of World Wide Technology, in connection with his investment in the St. Louis Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team
  • Represented the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and its affiliates in connection with their arena naming rights agreement for the Enterprise Center, theatre naming rights agreement for the Stifel Theatre, telecast rights agreement with FOX Sports, agreements related to the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament, 2016 NCAA men's basketball tournament, 2017 NHL Winter Classic, 2018 SEC men's basketball tournament and 2020 NHL All Star Weekend, various sponsorship and other commercial agreements and various matters related to the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • Represented the St. Louis Cardinals from Major League Baseball in connection with their Ballpark Village development, their investment in the Memphis Redbirds minor league baseball franchise and various commercial matters
  • Represented the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association in connection with various transactional and tax matters
  • Represented the Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League in connection with various transactional and/or litigation matters
  • Represented HOF Village, LLC (a joint venture of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Industrial Realty Group) in connection with the sponsorship and naming rights agreement for Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village and various sponsorship deals
  • Represented Fiserv, Inc. in connection with naming rights and sponsorship agreement for Fiserv Forum, home of the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA and Marquette Golden Eagles of the NCAA
  • Represented Enterprise Holdings, Inc. in connection with the naming rights and sponsorship agreement for the proposed new NFL stadium to be built on the St. Louis riverfront and various other sponsorship agreements
  • Represented Government Employees Health Association (GEHA) in connection with a significant sponsorship deal with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League and an endorsement deal with Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes II, the NFL’s reigning Most Valuable Player
  • Representing Target Corporation in connection with various sponsorship agreements
  • Represented a private investor in connection with its investment in the Las Vegas Golden Knights, its hockey arena and its practice facility
  • Represented prospective investors in various existing and potential expansion MLS franchises in connection with their proposed investments
  • Represented an NHL club in connection with an executive arbitration matter in front of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
  • Represent another NHL club in connection with various arbitration matters in front of NHL Commissioner Bettman
  • Represent three NHL clubs in connection with pending litigation matter
  • Represented Oak View Group in connection with the development and operation of the new college basketball arena to be used by the University of Texas men’s and women’s college basketball teams
  • Represented Delaware North Companies, Inc. in connection with various concession, food and beverage, catering, merchandise and other agreements involving professional sports franchises in each of Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League and the National Hockey League
  • Represented New York Life Insurance Company in connection with various naming rights and sponsorship matters
  • Represented Kurt Warner, Orlando Pace and Roland Williams, former players from the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League, and Barret Jackman, former player from the St. Louis Blues, in connection with various business and transactional ventures
  • Represented private sponsors in connection with suite license and sponsorship matters involving Madison Square Garden, the Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago White Sox, the Denver Broncos, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets
  • Advised previous owner of the Phoenix Coyotes in connection with various contractual matters involving the team and its arena
  • Represented 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
  • Represented Hi-Rez Studios and VVP Services, LLC in connection with the formation and operation of Esports leagues

Representative M&A and Corporate Experience

  • Stifel Financial Corp. in connection with numerous acquisitions and investments, including its acquisition of the Legg Mason capital markets business from Citigroup, its acquisition of Ryan Beck Holdings, Inc., its acquisition of 56 branches from UBS Financial Services Inc., its acquisition of Sterne Agee Group, Inc. and its acquisition of the U.S. wealth management business of Barclays
  • 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
  • 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
  • Delaware North Companies in connection with its acquisition of a majority interest in Patina Restaurant Group
  • 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