At 39 and only nine years into his practice, Ryan Miske is a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels — partly due to a hybrid educational background that helps him bring expertise to private and public client companies of all sizes.
Miske has a B.A. from Carleton College, an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. Since becoming partner two years ago, he’s helped complete high-profile deals including Hormel’s recent acquisitions of Skippy, Muscle Milk and Applegate Farms.
The $700 Skippy million acquisition was challenging partly because it was turned around in a relatively short time, and because regulatory challenges faced in China led to bifurcated closings. Hormel’s purchase of Skippy closed in China in November 2013, having closed in the U.S. and other countries in January 2013.
“That was memorable because the Skippy brand is so popular,” said Miske. “I’ve been doing lots of food deals, but I wouldn’t want to limit my practice to just food. I do a lot of work with private equity sponsors as well.”
Miske came to Faegre from Chicago-based McMaster-Carr Supply Company, where he worked his way up the managerial ranks before shifting gears into law. It’s been a natural transition.
“I don’t necessarily recommend that every corporate transaction lawyer get an MBA as well, but the joint degree is something that has certainly served me well,” said Miske.
Another high-profile deal Miske worked on was the sale of the Star Tribune to Glen Taylor. Miske has also brought his expertise to the FaegreBD M&A Conference planning committee for many years.
“I’m still an M&A generalist,” he said. “You’re building on your skills from the day you walk into a law firm. You gain more expertise the more you do.”