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Anheuser-Busch Taps Big Law Partner to Return in Top Deals Post

Anheuser-Busch has brought again former in-dwelling lawyer James “Jamie” Mathis, a corporate companion at Husch Blackwell, to be its best transactional lawyer.

Mathis, who was chair of the law firm’s alcoholic beverage practice team, rejoined the firm in mid-April. He succeeds Thomas Larson, who led a workforce dependable for U.S. transactional legal issues, Anheuser-Busch spokeswoman Kaitlin Craig stated.

Mathis will come aboard as the company’s guardian, Anheuser-Busch InBev, took a $1.1 billion hit in April by exiting a Russian joint undertaking. Anheuser-Busch InBev is the world’s biggest brewer with brands these kinds of as Budweiser, Beck’s and Stella Artois.

Mathis, who was an associate normal counsel at Anheuser-Busch concerning 2004 and 2010, joined Husch Blackwell in 2011. Around the pursuing yrs he served as the beer giant’s most important U.S. transactional attorney, Larson said through LinkedIn.

Larson is now vice president of company for Anheuser-Busch InBev right after shelling out almost a few decades at Anheuser-Busch. Larson and Mathis are based mostly in St. Louis, in which legacy Anheuser-Busch was sold to Belgium-primarily based InBev for $52 billion in 2008.

Larson declined to examine his in-house transition at Anheuser-Busch InBev. Mathis did not reply to a request for comment about his return to the business as senior associate common counsel for mergers and acquisitions, company, and professional.

In a statement posted to LinkedIn, Mathis mentioned he was “humbled to phase into the shoes” of Larson and “lead the fantastic team” he designed.

Larson, in a separate assertion posted to LinkedIn, praised former Anheuser-Busch lawyers Frederick Kruger and Stephen Volland. Equally successively oversaw in-house corporate authorized affairs for roughly 15 a long time with “highly demanding clients” like former Anheuser-Busch chairman August Busch III and Carlos Brito, who stepped down past yr as chief govt officer for Anheuser-Busch InBev.

“For my section, I tried using to live up the illustrations of Fred and Steve, despite the fact that often failing,” Larson stated. He extra that he has “every self confidence that James is going to establish on and exceed the accomplishments of Steve, Fred, and me.”

Husch Blackwell

Husch Blackwell spokesman Mike Lavieri said that spouse Steven Levine, head of the firm’s food items and agribusiness business device, will serve as interim chief of its alcohol and beverage practice till a successor is named.

“We thank Jamie for his 11-moreover decades of assistance at Husch Blackwell and would like him the greatest of luck as he returns to Anheuser-Busch,” Lavieri stated.

The business, with roots in Missouri, has liked near ties to Anheuser-Busch. John Godar, a 3-10 years veteran at the business, exactly where he was most not long ago an affiliate normal counsel, joined Husch Blackwell as of counsel very last year. In February, Anheuser-Busch employed Husch Blackwell affiliate Rachel Taylor as an affiliate typical counsel.

Anheuser-Busch promoted previous senior affiliate typical counsel for litigation and legal responsibility Seth Hawkins past year to be its typical counsel. Hawkins took over the part from Craig Katerberg, who is now chief authorized and company affairs officer for the company’s Asia-Pacific unit, Budweiser Brewing Co.

John Blood is main legal and corporate affairs officer for Anheuser-Busch InBev, which in 2016 concluded its $103 billion takeover of South African brewer SABMiller PLC. Katherine Barrett is standard counsel for Anheuser-Busch InBev.

The company has agreed to use an Anheuser-Busch facility in Newark, N.J., to create Chernigivske, a popular Ukrainian beer. Proceeds from its sale will be used to fund humanitarian relief for the war-torn country.