Jim's legal knowledge has guided some of the world’s most visible food and agriculture companies, along with their investors and financers. Jim’s first exposure to agribusiness came growing up in a California farming community. He also worked as a plant manager for the citrus cooperative Sunkist, where he accumulated additional perspective on the food industry. A frequent speaker on corporate governance, securities law issues, and mergers and acquisitions, Jim is a former member of Husch Blackwell’s Executive Board.
Jim’s engagements in the agribusiness industry cover a range of issues, including mergers and acquisitions, international expansion, governance, securities and various general corporate matters. He twice was asked to serve as interim general counsel to a Fortune 1000 company and understands his clients’ operations with an insider’s perspective. His food and agribusiness projects have included:
- Russell Stover Candies sale to Lindt & Sprüngli AG.
- Applebee’s $2.2 billion merger with IHOP.
- American Italian Pasta $1.2 billion merger with Ralcorp.
- Representation of Triumph Foods, an industry-leading producer-owned pork processor.
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