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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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Attorney Spotlight: Dustin Carlton

January 12, 2015

Dustin CarltonTell us about your practice.

I advise employers on various labor and employment matters. I draft, review, and/or update company policies, employment agreements, or other contracts to ensure compliance with laws governing workplace safety, union activity, equal employment opportunity, family and medical leave, disabilities, and layoffs. I regularly publish articles providing employers with guidance on emerging issues. And I represent employers in employment-related disputes, including claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour violations, and FMLA violations.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field?

My story is a bit unusual and marked by what I will call "serendipity." I never intended to pursue law. After undergrad, I worked for a short stint as a licensed financial planner. I loved counseling clients, but I knew I wanted to continue my education. I thought initially that I would attend business school for an M.B.A. I always considered myself a businessperson first anyway. I love math and constantly analyze numbers. However, I missed the testing deadline and did not want to pay additional fees to take the GMAT, so I looked into the LSAT. The LSAT was cheaper (thinking in terms of numbers again!), and I could still get an M.B.A. through a joint degree, which I thought might be better anyway. Well, needless to say, the rest is history. I took the LSAT, applied to Wake Forest, and matriculated there shortly thereafter. After my first semester, I realized that a J.D. was enough for me. The law degree enabled me to continue my passion advising and counseling clients in ways that I had never imagined. Life is funny like that sometimes.

How did your experience clerking for a federal judge prepare you for practicing law?

Clerking for a federal judge was one of the best decisions of my life. I was fortunate to work for a judge who was interested in making me a better lawyer. He took the time to teach me the "nuts and bolts" of the court system so that I would not only have knowledge but understanding. He taught me about trial strategy. He taught me how to distinguish the essential from the non-essential. And most importantly, he crafted and refined my legal writing. These are all skills that I rely on today.

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