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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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Blueprint for an IPO

Companies go public to raise capital to fuel growth, pay down debt and provide liquidity to shareholders. Although all issuers and offerings are different, the basic process of going public remains relatively constant. Blueprint for an IPO identifies the key players, details the process and identifies the obligations companies will face after going public.

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Dismissal of Fraud/Civil RICO Complaint for FJ Management, Inc.

Client Type: Private Company

We represented FJ Management, Inc. and related entities in an adversary proceeding brought by the Chapter 7 Trustee for St. Michael Motor Express ("St. Michael").  St. Michael is a now-defunct trucking company formerly headquartered in Jackson, Tennessee that specialized in the transportation of refrigerated goods.  After filing for reorganization and protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in 2008, St. Michael's bankruptcy case was converted to a Chapter 7 case and ultimately closed in 2010.  In 2013, however, the Chapter 7 Trustee reopened the case and filed an adversary complaint against a group of defendants.  The Trustee's claims were premised on allegations that Flying J Inc., several of its subsidiaries, and several executives of those entities conspired to defraud St. Michael and otherwise engage in illegal acts that ultimately led to St. Michael's shutting down its operations. The Trustee' complaint asserted several theories of recovery, most notably fraud, conversion, and violations of the federal RICO statute.  After the case was delayed for over a year and a half to allow the U.S. Supreme Court to rule definitively that the Bankruptcy Court had jurisdiction to issue a final order on the Trustee's claims, the Bankruptcy Court heard oral arguments on the Defendants' Motions to Dismiss in June 2015. The court entered an Order in August 2015, dismissing all of the Trustee's claims with prejudice and the time for filing an appeal expired without an appeal being filed.

FJ Management, Inc., formerly known as Flying J Inc., is a privately held U.S. corporation which operates oil & refining, banking, and insurance businesses.

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