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Business Transactions, Finance and Corporate Governance

We advise large public and private companies, as well as emerging companies in Kansas.  We have extensive experience in areas of corporate activity including corporate governance, banking, mergers and acquisitions, corporate buyouts and restructurings, partnership structures, limited liability companies, private equity, venture capital, and joint ventures.
Our goal is simple: to build long-term relationships with our clients and help them solve their problems and achieve their corporate objectives.

Our corporate governance practice includes:

  • Advising boards of directors and board committees on corporate matters.
  • Reviewing, assessing and updating corporate codes of conduct, document retention policies,  business opportunities agreement and conflict of interest policies.
  • Defending shareholder class action and derivative litigation alleging breach of fiduciary duty by directors and officers.
  • Providing crisis management strategies.
  • Assisting in compliance with corporate governance and disclosure-related obligations.
  • Training directors and officers on ethics and compliance issues.
  • Responding to shareholder proposals.
  • Conducting internal investigations.

For many of our private company clients we provide services on an as-needed basis that, in larger company, may be provided by a staff attorney, such as:

  • Drafting buy-sell, and other shareholder agreements.
  • Advice on executive and employee compensation and benefits.
  • Counseling on labor and employment issues including terminations and noncompetition agreements.
  • Contract and lease review, drafting and negotiation support.
  • Regulatory advice including environmental and government contract matters.
  •  Transactional support on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
  •  Advice and services regarding litigation and dispute resolution.
  • Structuring alliances, partnerships and joint ventures
Court Rules Against Proposed Wind Farm in Northern Sumner County
On September 21, a Sumner County judge issued a ruling in a zoning appeal case that blocks the construction of a proposed wind farm in northern Sumner County.
F. James Robinson is recognized by legal professionals.
F. James Robinson was inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society. named after the former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Burger Society honors individuals who have used their time, talent and support to further the mission of the National Center for State Court's in exceptional ways.
HFH Attorneys Named in 2020 Best Lawyers
Eight lawyers of the Wichita law firm of Hite Fanning & Honeyman LLP are recognized in the Best Lawyers of America 2020. Additionally, Lawyer of the Year awards are presented annually to a single outstanding lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area. HFH’s F. James Robinson was named the 2020 Lawyer of the Year in Wichita in Bet-the Company litigation; Jim was also recognized for commercial litigation, and banking & finance litigation. Other HFH attorneys recognized in the Best Lawyers in America 2020 edition are Don Gribble (medical malpractice-defense), Richard Hite (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, mediation and personal injury litigation-defense), Richard Honeyman (personal injury litigation – defense), Jon Newman (employment law-individuals, employment law-management./insurance and workers’ compensation-employers), Linda Parks (bankruptcy creditor and debtor rights, insolvency and reorganization law and commercial litigation), Gaye Tibbets (employment law-individuals, employment law management and labor and employment litigation), and Randy Troutt has been ( medical malpractice defense litigation). , Best Lawyers is a peer review publication, seeking the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of colleagues in the same practice area.