Ryan Schildkraut is a business transactions attorney who advises companies of all sizes on a wide range of business matters, including entity formation, fundraising, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, real estate, and tax. Ryan adds value for clients by quickly focusing on the meaningful issues in the transaction and efficiently leading the parties through the structuring, negotiation, documentation, and successful closing or completion of each deal.
Ryan regularly counsels start-up companies and entrepreneurs
on selecting the appropriate type of entity for their businesses, drafting
organizational documents (including shareholder agreements, LLC agreements, and
member control agreements), raising money from investors, hiring employees and
independent contractors, negotiating commercial leases, and developing
customized business contracts. He is a strong advocate for Minnesota
entrepreneurs and small business owners.
After years of working with clients who felt that federal
and state laws impeded their ability to raise money from investors, Ryan
co-authored the MNvest legislation, which legalized securities crowdfunding in
Minnesota. He helped organize a group of politicians, business leaders,
and other supporters in a grassroots campaign to educate Minnesotans on
crowdfunding, and MNvest was signed into law on June 15, 2015.
Ryan is dedicated to helping companies grow their businesses through acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic partnerships, securities offerings, and re-financings. He also advises business owners in the sale of their businesses. See the “Cases and Transactions” tab above for a sampling of Ryan’s representative deals.
Although Ryan works with all types of businesses, he has extensive experience in the following industries:
- Craft Brewing. Ryan represents start-up and
mid-sized craft breweries on a variety of matters, including raising money from
investors; awarding incentive equity to employees; securing debt and equipment
financing; obtaining required permits and navigating through complex licensing
regulations; negotiating brewery leases, beer distribution agreements, and beer
ingredient procurement contracts; selling distribution rights; obtaining
trademarks and protecting other key intellectual property assets.
- Software and Technology. Prior to attending law school, Ryan graduated first in his class from the nationally-ranked Information Technology Management program at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. His background in systems architecture and software development is a valuable resource to Ryan’s clients in high-tech industries, who regularly rely on his expertise when drafting and negotiating terms of software licensing agreements, software development agreements, and similar technology-related contracts.
- Multi-Unit Franchise Operations. As an integral part of Winthrop & Weinstine’s Franchise Legal Team, Ryan works closely with buyers and sellers in significant M&A transactions involving the purchase and sale of multi-unit franchise operations. Ryan regularly reviews and negotiates purchase and sale agreements, loan agreements, franchise agreements, lease agreements, landlord estoppels and consents, subordination and non-disturbance agreements, and other real estate documents. Since 2010, Ryan has assisted multi-unit franchise owners in M&A and financing transactions involving more than 500 restaurants throughout the United States, with an aggregate transaction value of more than $360 million.
Since 2014, Ryan has been named a "Rising Star" by Minnesota Super Lawyers®; these highly regarded attorneys are 40 years old or younger, or have been practicing for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list.
While in law school at the University of Minnesota, Ryan served as President of the Business Law Association and as an editor of the Minnesota Journal of International Law. He also studied international law at Monash University Law School in Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Canterbury School of Law in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is a diehard fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
North Dakota, 2009