James M. Ash: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

James M. Ash

Kansas City,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Food & Agribusiness
  • Corporate
  • International
  • Europe & Middle East
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities & Corporate Governance
  • UK
Contact InfoTelephone: 816.983.8137
Fax: 816.983.8080
University University of California-Los Angeles,, B.A., 1978, summa cum laude
Law SchoolUniversity of California-Los Angeles School of Law,, J.D., 1981, Order of the Coif; UCLA Law Review; UCLA-Alaska Law Review, Editor
Admitted1981, Missouri

Jim leads Husch Blackwell's Food & Agribusiness industry team. His 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 during his formative years 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.

Jim's engagements in the agribusiness industry cover a range of issues, including mergers, 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:
•Represented Russell Stover Candies in sale to Lindt & Sprungli AG.
•Represented Applebee's in $2.2 billion merger with IHOP.
•Represented American Italian Pasta in $1.2 billion merger with Ralcorp.
•Represents Triumph Foods, an industry-leading producer-owned pork processor.

A frequent speaker on corporate governance, securities law issues, and mergers and acquisitions, Jim is a member of Husch Blackwell's Partner Board and a former member of its Executive Board.

Awards and Recognitions
The Best Lawyers In America
•Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 1995-2015
•Kansas City Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year, 2010
•Kansas City Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year, 2015

Civic Involvement
•Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Board of Governors

•Outside general counsel for Triumph Foods LLC, a top pork processor in the United States.
•Represented world-leading chocolatier Russell Stover Candies, Inc., in its sale to Lindt & Sprungli AG. The transaction spanned two continents, included multiple manufacturing and retail facilities, involved significant U.S. and international tax planning, and included key anti-trust approvals.
•Represented Applebee's International Inc. in its acquisition by IHOP Corp. In connection with this transaction, Applebee's entered into a securitization transaction with respect to its U.S. franchise agreements, U.S. company-owned restaurants and U.S. intellectual property rights.
•Counsel for American Italian Pasta Co. in its merger with Ralcorp Holdings Inc. Negotiated merger agreement, prepared tender offer documents and all public company filings, and advised board of directors on all aspects of sale.
•Represented Monterey Gourmet Foods Inc. as it was acquired by Korean company Pulmuone Holdings Co. The $50 million transaction was structured as a tender offer followed by a short-form merger.
•Handled dozens of restaurant chain and grocery chain acquisitions.
•Counseled industry leading agribusiness investment company Oppenheimer Industries Inc. in structuring livestock and ranching investment partnerships.

Business Insights

Business Insights
7.21.14 Dealmakers Q&A: Husch Blackwell's Jim Ash, Law360
Food & Agribusiness Article
7.16.14 IPOs on the Rise in Animal Health Companies
Food & Agribusiness Blog
7.14.14 Husch Blackwell Leads Sale of Russell Stover Candies
Food & Agribusiness Blog
9.21.10 SEC Adopts Final Rules on Shareholder Proxy Access
8.05.10 Impacts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance
2.17.10 SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance on Disclosure of Business or Legal Developments Regarding Climate Change and Related Issues
Energy & Natural Resources Alert
12.28.09 SEC Clarifies Transition Rules and Effective Dates for Expanded Disclosure Requirements
10.30.09 SEC Defers SOX 404 Attestation Requirement for Smaller Companies
10.01.09 NYSE Proposed Amendments to Corporate Governance Listing Standards
8.11.09 Proposed Rules Expand Compensation and Corporate Governance Disclosure Requirements for Public Companies

In The News
9.01.14 Ingram's: Husch Blackwell Food & Agribusiness Industry Leader Jim Ash Profiled as a 2014 Rainmaker
Food & Agribusiness News Coverage
9.01.14 Ingram's: Husch Blackwell's Jim Ash Discusses Legal Industry Outlook and “Rainmaker” Cultivation
Food & Agribusiness News Coverage
8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven “Lawyers of the Year”
Energy & Natural Resources Financial Services Food & Agribusiness Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Release
8.11.14 Missouri Lawyers Weekly: Maurice Watson, Jim Ash, Fang Shen Discuss Husch Blackwell's Growing International Practice, Shen's China Practice
News Coverage
7.16.14 Animal.AgWired.Com: Husch Blackwell Attorneys Jim Ash and Stan Baker Discuss Rising Trend of Animal Health IPOs
Food & Agribusiness News Coverage
5.23.14 Chambers USA 2014 Gives Husch Blackwell High Rankings in Nine Areas of Law; 40 Attorneys Recognized
Energy & Natural Resources Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction News Release
8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 “Lawyers of the Year”
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release
6.03.13 Husch Blackwell Receives High Rankings, Praise from Clients in Chambers USA 2013
News Release
10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
News Release
8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
News Release


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James M. Ash

4801 Main Street, Suite 1000
Kansas CityMO 64112


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