A member of the firm's Food & Agribusiness team, Chris helps clients in the grocery industry with strategic planning and tactical implementation of acquisitions; corporate governance and operations; financing and other business transactions.
Specifically, Chris' industry work has included:
•Representing Associated Wholesale Grocers and other retail grocers with warehouse and store purchases, sales and mergers, and all forms of lending and borrowing transactions.
•Obtaining injunctive relief that alleged monopolistic intentions against a Hispanic specialty foods distribution company.
•Counseling grocery clients with the creation of supply agreements, asset/stock purchase and sale agreements, equipment contracts and land-use agreements.
Chris advises developers and investors in connection with the acquisition, ownership, operation and disposition of real property on matters involving titles, surveys, environmental reports, zoning, condemnation, easements, restrictions and covenants for planned residential and commercial developments, adverse possessions, tax free exchanges, ground leases, insurance and tax incentives such as Missouri Chapter 100 Bonds and tax increment financing.
Chris also works with corporate clients in connection with choice of entity type, formation and venue issues, maintenance and compliance activities, employment and incentive documents, agreements among principals and securities offerings (private and public), employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) deals and other tax incentive issues.
In addition, Chris assists producers and investors in shallow- and deep-well oil and gas transactions operations and disputes, including leasing, exploration, primary and secondary recovery operations, regulatory compliance, unitization, operating agreements, prospect agreements, transportation agreements and joint ventures. He represents producers and investors in connection with shallow coal strip mining transactions, operations and disputes, including leasing, exploration, regulatory compliance, operating agreements, transportation agreements and joint ventures.
Awards and Recognitions
•The Best Lawyers In America, Real Estate Law, 2011-2015
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate, 2005-2007
•Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, President, 2005
•Represented Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) and other retail grocers with warehouse and store purchases, sales and mergers, and all forms of lending and borrowing transactions, including property leasing, financing, letters of credit, lines of credit, bond issues, operating loans and workouts. Also advised on other varieties of acquisition and disposition of operating businesses and business assets, including due diligence and financial analysis.
•Obtained injunctive relief in federal court alleging monopolistic intentions against Hispanic specialty foods distribution company.
•Counseled grocery clients with the creation of supply agreements, asset/stock purchase and sale agreements, equipment contracts and land-use agreements.
•Represented clients in multiple billions of dollars of acquisitions of assets and operating businesses, including a number of structured acquisitions from entities involved in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
•Represented clients in the closing of more than a billion dollars of conventional and bond financing, including credit-enhanced and tax-incentivized bond issues.
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