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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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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 Bolsters International Trade Practice with Addition of Cheryl Palmeri

March 2, 2015

Firm Continues Expansion of Global Capabilities with Growing International Trade Practice

Washington, D.C. (March 2, 2015) – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that Cheryl Palmeri has joined the firm's office in Washington, D.C. Her arrival follows the firm's recent announcement that it has expanded its services by launching an International Trade Practice Group aimed at counseling businesses with operations in the global marketplace. Palmeri will join the new International Trade chair, Thad McBride, with whom she previously worked at Sheppard Mullin before McBride joined Bass, Berry & Sims in January 2015.

"I am thrilled to get to continue working with Cheryl," said McBride. "Not only does she have the great substantive experience that clients need, but she is also committed to helping clients find effective, practical solutions to their international trade compliance problems. In addition, she is dedicated to providing best-in-class client service. With businesses increasingly pursuing opportunities outside the United States, our International Trade Group – and our firm in general – will continue to strategically expand our services to provide the best counsel for clients to achieve their global business objectives."

Palmeri's practice focuses on advising public and private companies on best practices in international trade compliance. She counsels clients on legal issues, conducts internal investigations, and defends against enforcement actions related to anti-corruption laws, export and import controls, sanctions regulations, and other international trade laws. She also helps companies establish and update international trade compliance programs. She has represented clients before various government bodies, including the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

She earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to beginning her legal practice, Palmeri served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Stephen H. Glickman of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

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