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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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Bass, Berry & Sims Named "Tennessee Firm of the Year" for Litigation by Benchmark Litigation

March 22, 2012

Law Firm "Highly Recommended" by Clients and Peers for Litigation Services

Nashville, Tenn., (March 22, 2012) – Benchmark Litigation has named Bass, Berry & Sims PLC the 2012 "Tennessee Firm of the Year" for Litigation during its annual Awards-South ceremony held in Atlanta, Georgia.

Based on extensive peer review and client feedback, Benchmark Litigation recognized Bass, Berry & Sims for its comprehensive array of business litigation services and its dominant presence in Tennessee, where the firm has offices in Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis.

"Bass, Berry & Sims is honored to know that our clients and peers have seen fit to recognize us as Tennessee Firm of the Year – all the more so because this market is so extremely competitive, and driven by such world-class clients in a variety of industries," said Britt Latham, chair of the firm's Litigation Practice.

Bass, Berry & Sims was nominated in six other categories, including "Securities Practice Area," "Bankruptcy Practice Area," "Diversity," "Pro Bono," "Tennessee Case of the Year" (King Pharmaceuticals shareholder litigation), and "Litigator of the Year" (Michael Dagley).

Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation: America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys' identifies the nation's law firms and attorneys who consistently and successfully handle complex high-stakes cases in multiple jurisdictions. The award selections are based on rigorous six-month research that includes extensive interviews with the litigators and their clients as well as in-depth examination of recent casework.

Bass, Berry & Sims has received numerous accolades for its high-quality practice and high-level client service. Other recent Benchmark Litigation guides have honored Bass, Berry & Sims litigation partners H. Lee Barfield, Michael Dagley, Wallace Dietz, Samuel Felker, Dale Grimes, and Overton Thompson as "Local Litigation Stars." Litigation partners Britt Latham and Brant Phillips were also recognized as "Future Stars."

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About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
With more than 200 attorneys representing numerous publicly traded companies and Fortune 500 businesses, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has been involved in some of the largest and most significant business transactions and litigation matters in the country. For more information, visit

Brant Phillips and Shep Tate
Brant Phillips (l) and Shep Tate (r), members at Bass, Berry & Sims, accept the firm's Tennessee Law Firm of the Year award.

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