Benjamin F. Rikkers is an associate with Foley Lardner and a member of the firm's Transactional Securities and Private Equity Venture Capital Practices. Mr. Rikkers' practice covers a broad range of business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, securities law, general corporate business law, investment of private equity and venture capital funds, and aircraft-related transactions. He represents buyers and sellers in public and private mergers, acquisitions and other strategic alliances. Mr. Rikkers also represents issuers and investment banks in public and private equity and debt securities offerings. He provides continuing advice to public companies regarding their federal securities law compliance, disclosure and reporting obligations. Mr. Rikkers also has experience with venture capital and private equity fund formation and portfolio company investments. His aircraft-related practice includes representing clients in the sale, purchase and leasing of new and used aircraft. Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Rikkers was a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs Co., where he worked in the investment banking division. Additionally, he was one of the initial employees and a senior analyst at Steamboat Ventures, LLC, the venture capital arm of the Walt Disney Company. Mr. Rikkers is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Law (J.D., cum laude) and the Kellogg School of Management (M.B.A., with distinction). He also is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison (BBA, 1998) with honors and distinction. Mr. Rikkers is admitted to practice in Wisconsin.