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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 Welcomes Five New Associates in Nashville

November 8, 2012

Nashville, Tenn., (November 8, 2012) - Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to welcome five new associates to the firm’s Nashville office: Jennie Brooks, Stefanie Polauf Carter, John C. Eason, Anna E. Gernert and Brad L. Hart.

Jennie Brooks joins the Corporate and Securities Practice. Brooks earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Stefanie Polauf Carter joins the Healthcare Practice. Stefanie earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She attended Vanderbilt University and received a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development.

John C. Eason joins the Litigation Practice. He earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University. Prior to joining the firm, Eason served a one-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable Anita Brody on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Anna E. Gernert joins the Commercial Practice (Real Estate and Financial Transactions). Gernert earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a B.B.A. in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Georgia.

Brad L. Hart joins the Corporate and Securities Practice. Hart earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Kentucky.

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