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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

July 23, 2013

Nashville, Tenn., (July 23, 2013) - Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to welcome five new associates to the firm's Nashville office: Emily A. Burrows, Kiel A. Fisher, Caroline W. Kirk, Sydney R. Nash and Kelly L. Padgett.

Emily A. Burrows focuses her practice on intellectual property law. She advises clients related to technology-based transactions and the management of trademark portfolios. Prior to joining the firm, Burrows practiced at the Ryan Law Firm, LLP in Austin, Texas. She earned her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and received her B.S. in economics and human and organizational development (HOD) from Vanderbilt University.

Kiel A. Fisher joins the firm’s Litigation practice. Prior to joining the firm, Fisher earned his law degree from Tulane University Law School and received a B.A. in political science from the University of San Diego.

Caroline W. Kirk focuses her practice on corporate and securities law and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining the firm, Kirk practiced in the New York office of Baker & McKenzie LLP. She received her law degree from the University of Kentucky and her B.S. in accounting and business administration from Washington and Lee University.

Sydney R. Nash focuses her practice on healthcare law advising clients on regulatory, transactional and compliance matters. Prior to joining the firm, Nash practiced law in the New York office of Ropes & Gray. Sydney earned her law degree from New York University School of Law and received a B.A. in public policy from New College of Florida.

Kelly L. Padgett focuses her practice on labor and employment law advising clients in the areas of wage and hour law and with issues related to hiring, disciplining and terminating employees. Prior to joining the firm, Padgett practiced at Winston & Strawn LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina. She earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and received a B.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina.

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