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On December 1, 2016, Parker Hannifin Corporation and CLARCOR Inc. announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Parker will acquire CLARCOR for approximately $4.3 billion in cash, including the assumption of net debt. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of each company. Upon closing of the transaction, expected to be completed by or during the first quarter of Parker’s fiscal year 2018, CLARCOR will be combined with Parker’s Filtration Group to form a leading and diverse global filtration business. Bass, Berry & Sims has served CLARCOR as primary corporate and securities counsel for 10 years and served as lead counsel on this transaction. Read more here.

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FCPA: 2016 Year in Review & 2017 Enforcement Predictions

A review of trends and developments in FCPA as well as a look ahead into what to expect for 2017. This report aims at providing corporate leaders and companies with the knowledge they need to comply with the FCPA and avoid litigation in 2017.

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Women's Initiative

The primary goal of our affinity groups is to play a key role in the firm's ongoing efforts regarding diversity and inclusion around the areas of leadership, culture, advancement, recruiting and communication. Our affinity groups focus on the unique issues of the respective group and highlight the positives, deal in truths, and encourage optimism and interaction with people outside the groups.

Through our diversity and inclusion plan and initiatives, Bass Berry & Sims is committed to the advancement and retention of women attorneys. Our Women's Initiative is led by five members who are committed to serving as role models to all attorneys in the firm, and most importantly to recruiting and retaining women attorneys, promoting women attorneys to partnership and developing leadership skills to ensure women are positioned for leadership roles at our firm and in our communities.

Culture, advancement and communication are the top priorities for our Women's Initiative.

  • Culture – Our culture needs to provide an environment that fosters open dialogue about what success looks like for our women attorneys, realizing that everyone's path to success is not linear.
  • Advancement – Our advancement of women attorneys must be intentional and provide opportunities to work on teams and with our valued clients and to provide meaningful and frequent feedback to allow our women attorneys to grow professionally and personally.
  • Communication – Our communications both internally and externally will highlight the many positives that our women attorneys bring to the firm, our clients and our communities.

We want to be leading the effort for equality in numbers of women associates and partners. We are working toward strategies that will allow us to move ahead in the recruitment, retention and advancement of women attorneys.

The leaders of our Women's Initiative include the following:

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Mary Beth Fortugno
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Jennifer Noonan   

Jennifer Noonan
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Tatjana Paterno
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Lisa Rivera 
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Kathryn Walker 
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