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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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David Esquivel Examines Healthcare Providers' Use of Credit Reporting Services

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January 11, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney David Esquivel provided commentary for an article examining healthcare providers' increased usage of credit reporting services. As David points out in the article, "'[h]istorically, provider organizations received reimbursement nearly in full from payers, and had little need to worry about a consumer's ability to pay.'" However, with rising medical costs and varying coverage under medical insurance plans, more patients cannot afford to pay medical bills. The lack of revenue generated from patients' inability to pay has forced providers to turn to credit reporting agencies to help determine ability to pay and to collect outstanding debts. Healthcare providers need to be aware of the legal liability associated with this activity. 

The full article, "Why Healthcare Providers should be Careful with Consumer Credit Checks: Q&A with David Esquivel of Bass, Berry & Sims," was published by Becker's Hospital CFO on January 8, 2016 and is available online.

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