Russ Ryba is a partner and corporate lawyer in the Business Law Department of Foley & Lardner LLP. Mr. Ryba practices in the areas of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; public offerings and private placements of equity, debt and hybrid securities; the transactional representation of Special Committees; public company compliance with federal and state securities laws and reporting requirements; corporate governance; going private transactions; and general business counseling. His practice crosses a broad range of companies and industries, including public utilities and public utility holding companies; commercial printers; media companies; skilled nursing and assisted living facilities owners and operators; insurance companies; manufacturing and distribution companies; service companies; and automotive dealerships. His clients range from large publicly-held corporations to mid and small cap private and publicly-held companies. He is a member of the firm’s Transactional & Securities Practice and Energy and Health Care Industry Teams. He is also co-chair of the firm's Senior Living Team.
Mr. Ryba has represented buyers, sellers and investors in over 145 domestic and international business combination transactions aggregating over $21.6 billion in total consideration, including multiple tender offers. Mr. Ryba also has represented issuers and underwriters in over 50 public securities offerings or private placements raising more than $7.7 billion, and has represented issuers in tender offers to repurchase more than $725 million of their equity or debt securities. He currently represents three publicly traded companies which he took public (Quad/Graphics, Inc., a leading global provider of print and related services, Journal Media Group, Inc., a media company, and National Research Corporation, a leading provider of performance measurement and improvement services, health care analytics and governance education to the health care industry), as well as several other publicly-traded and privately-held companies (including Ulta Beauty, Jason Industries, Inc. and Extendicare Inc.). Mr Ryba formerly represented, among other companies, Integrys Energy Group, Inc., a public utility holding company, and its public utility subsidiaries, Wisconsin Public Service Corp., Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, prior to their sale to WEC Energy Group; and Extendicare Health Services, Inc., a long-term care provider in the United States.
Mr. Ryba previously served on the board of directors of the Bay View Community Center of Milwaukee, Inc. (a nonprofit agency designed to develop the individual, provide support and strengthen families) and the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center. He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council and the Alumni Admissions Program at Duke University School of Law, as well as a member of DukeSource, a career advisory panel for undergraduates at Duke University.
Mr. Ryba graduated, with high honors, from Duke University School of Law in 1989. He received his Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from Northeast Missouri State University (n/k/a Truman State University), in business administration/personnel management.
Mr. Ryba is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Bar Association, as well as a member of the Business Law Sections of those professional affiliations.
He has been a frequent author on securities law and takeover defense matters.
Mr. Ryba was recently recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in the area of mergers and acquisitions (2015) and health care – service providers (2014). He was included in the 1991 edition of Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans and the 1996 and 1995 editions of International Who's Who of Professionals. Mr. Ryba is listed in the 2006 and 2007 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.