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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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Eli Richardson Quoted in Law360 Article on Senator Menendez's Attempt to Dismiss Corruption Charges

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September 17, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Eli Richardson provided comment for an article outlining the attempt by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and alleged co-conspirator Dr. Salomon Melgen to have the court dismiss 15 of the 22 corruption counts that were handed down against the pair earlier this year. In April 2015, Menendez and Salomon were indicted by a federal grand jury in New Jersey on corruption charges related to Menendez's relationship with Melgen; the indictment alleges that the Senator used his office to further the business interests of the doctor and accepted bribes in return for favors.

The September article in Law360 focuses in part on wire-fraud counts in the indictment that allege an unusual form of interstate wires – or, more precisely in this case, "signals and sounds" – transmitted in furtherance of the defendant's alleged scheme to defraud. Specifically, the prosecutors allege in two counts that the interstate "signals and signs" – an essential element of the offense of wire fraud – consisted of communications that took place between the pilot of Melgen's private jet and the air traffic controller on the ground while Menendez was a passenger on Melgen's jet. As Eli points out for the article, "'[c]ourts typically construe this notion [of interstate communications in furtherance of a scheme to defraud] very broadly, but this could be a rare case in which the government stretched the concept too far. The court may sympathize with the notion that the scheme to defraud is absolutely not furthered or carried out in any way by unspecified signals to an air traffic controller from a plane that happens to be carrying alleged beneficiaries of the scheme to defraud'"

The full story, "Menendez Faces Tough Sell In Bid To Cut Corruption Charges," was published by Law360 on September 16, 2015 and is available online.

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