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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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Business TN Magazine Recognizes 19 Bass, Berry & Sims PLC Attorneys in its Annual "150 Best Lawyers" Listing

January 5, 2010

Nashville, Tenn., (January 5, 2010) – Nineteen attorneys from Bass, Berry & Sims PLC have been included in Business TN magazine's listing of the "Best 150 Lawyers in the State of Tennessee" for 2010. This gives Bass, Berry & Sims PLC the largest representation on the list of any firm in the state. The attorneys recognized are as follows:

H. Lee Barfield II (Nashville) for Business Litigation
James H. Cheek, III (Nashville) for Securities
J. Page Davidson (Nashville) for Corporate
J. Andrew Goddard (Nashville) for Environmental
James C. Gooch (Nashville) for Trusts & Estates
John A. Good (Memphis) for Securities
R. Dale Grimes (Nashville) for Utility Regulation
L. Wearen Hughes (Nashville) for Construction
Paul G. Jennings (Nashville) for Bankruptcy (Business)
Howard H. Lamar III (Nashville) for Corporate
J. Richard Lodge (Nashville) for Public Policy
G. Mark Mamantov (Knoxville) for Public Finance
Cynthia Y. Reisz (Nashville) for Health Care (Regulatory)
Michael D. Sontag (Nashville) for Tax
John A. Stemmler (Memphis) for Real Estate
Shepherd D. Tate (Memphis) for Securities
Bob F. Thompson (Nashville) for Banking (Regulatory)
F. Mitchell Walker, Jr. (Nashville) for Securities
Leigh Walton (Nashville) for Health Care (Transactional) 

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