Ryan C. Gerads

Mergers & Acquisitions

Ryan has extensive experience representing business owners, private companies, private investment and private equity firms in acquisitions and divestitures in a multitude of industries, including, manufacturing, medical device, food and agribusiness, distribution and professional services.  Ryan’s mergers and acquisitions experience includes acting as lead outside attorney on buy and sell side transactions ranging from $1 million to $200 million. He has extensive experience advising clients in preparation for a transactions including, working with the client to develop budgets, managing a team of attorneys, investment bankers and clients to coordinate due diligence, negotiate definitive agreements, and successfully close matters.

Private and Closely Held Business

Ryan serves as outside general counsel for private and closely held businesses on corporate matters ranging from strategic transactions and investments to business succession. He offers unique, end-to-end solutions to meet objectives and help organizations grow by working with owners and senior management to design and implement executive benefit plans, and advise Boards of Directors on management succession plans and corporate governance. Ryan also counsels closely held business on succession planning assisting owners with identifying solutions to transition their business to its next phase, whether that is includes the next generation, a group of employees, or to prepare the business for sale.

Private Fund Advising

Ryan represents venture capital funds, private equity funds, and other private investors on tax, corporate governance, and general corporate matters related to fundraising, fund formation and capital structure.

Representative Experience

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Represented private sellers of a paving company in a multimillion dollar deal to a public company, structured as a stock merger
  • Represented private equity buyers in the acquisition of several portfolio companies in a multitude of industries.
  • Represented sellers of a privately held metal rack manufacturing company to a private equity buyer.
  • Advised a privately held pharmacy chain with respect to the combination of its business with a national pharmacy chain.

Private Fund Advising

  • Advised multiple clients on the formation and operation of private equity investment funds.

Private and Closely Held Business

  • Represented a portfolio of more than 20 closely held businesses with restructuring and transition to the next generation of leaders
  • Represented third generation family business with the transition to third generation of family ownership
  • Represented portfolio of privately held businesses with the implementation of stock and non-stock incentive plans across multiple companies
  • Represented management team on acquisition of manufacturing company from private equity owner


  • Co-Presenter, "S Corporations and Life Insurance," American Bar Association Tax Section Meeting, September 19, 2014


  • "Deal Breakers: When The Goal Is A Mutually Acceptable Agreement For An Acquisition, Merger, Or Sale, All Stakeholders Want To Avoid Deal-Breakers," Business Central Magazine

News Releases

Professional Affiliations

  • Stearns-Benton Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section

Community Involvement

  • Saint John’s Preparatory School, Board of Regents, Chair, 2006-2017
  • United Way of Central Minnesota, Chair, 2014-present
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota, Board of Directors, 2006-2012
  • Saint Cloud Granite Rotary, 2006-2014


  • “5 Under 40,” St. Cloud Times, 2017
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  • Minneapolis

    80 South Eighth Street
    500 IDS Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
  • St. Cloud

    1010 West Saint Germain
    Suite 500
    Saint Cloud, MN 56301
F: 320.257.5613


Linette Thesing

Court Memberships

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Tax Court


Northwestern University School of Law, LL.M., 2005

New England Law, Boston, J.D., 2004

Marquette University, B.S., 2001, Finance and International Business