1551 N. Waterfront Parkway
Wichita, KS 67206-4466
Practice AreasMergers & Acquisitions
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Business & Corporate Law
Securities & Corporate Finance
Oil, Gas & Minerals
EducationUniversity of Kansas, J.D. (2007)
Francis J. Baalmann, Partner
Francis Baalmann, a business attorney and Foulston Siefkin partner, represents companies in the Midwest and across the country in matters involving supply chain management, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and general business and corporate law. He regularly works with large public and private corporations as well as closely held businesses, and has served as lead counsel on several multimillion-dollar deals. Francis, who joined Foulston Siefkin in 2008, is also the firm’s Supply Chain Practice Group leader.
Based in Wichita, Francis devotes a significant portion of his practice to helping clients understand the complex legal issues involved in purchasing and supply chain management, particularly those that impact the manufacturing and distribution sectors. He brings extensive experience in warranty issues, pricing disputes, regulatory compliance, product liability and recalls, intellectual property protection, and global logistics. He reviews, negotiates, and manages contracts; applies his M&A knowledge to vet supply chain contract provisions; prepares confidentiality agreements; and provides seasoned counsel in face-to-face negotiations on high-value deals. Francis’ business savvy allows him to propose creative solutions that address both parties’ concerns so that important transactions move forward with expediency and efficiency. His ongoing representation as lead supply chain counsel for several national companies includes advising on various corporate matters and executing numerous contracts valued in the hundreds of millions.
With a goal of helping his M&A clients maximize value and minimize risk, Francis leads both buyers and sellers through all phases of critical business transactions, including structuring and financing acquisitions, divestitures, and mergers; drafting agreements; performing due diligence; reviewing contracts; and guiding clients though the closing process. Additionally, Francis represents third parties who seek investment opportunities in companies. For a variety of clients, including venture capital and private equity firms, Francis has successfully handled several multimillion-dollar purchases, sales, joint ventures, and transactions across the country.
Drawing on his experience as a business owner and successful entrepreneur, Francis brings a practical, results-focused legal perspective to the table that is valued by clients from a broad cross-section of industries. An entrepreneurial-minded attorney, he guides both start-ups and established companies with entity formation, buy/sell agreements, and many other corporate matters. He is frequently praised for his hard work, timely and thoughtful counsel, and commitment to treat every matter as if it were his own. While Francis has many high-profile clients, he welcomes M&A work of any scale and offers alternative fee arrangements and flat-fee billing to match his clients’ requirements.
Outside of his law practice, Francis is actively involved in his parish, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. He is a board member for the Holy Family Special Needs Foundation, a volunteer for the Kansas Chapter of the Lupus Foundation, and a judge for the Shocker New Venture Competition at Wichita State University. Francis and his wife, Rebecca, are raising five children – all under the age of 8.
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