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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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Securities Law Exchange BlogSecurities Law Exchange blog offers insight on the latest legal and regulatory developments affecting publicly traded companies. It focuses on a wide variety of topics including regulation and reporting updates, public company advisory topics, IPO readiness and exchange updates including IPO announcements, M&A trends and deal news.

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Michael Dagley Examines Role of In-house Counsel as "Corporate Plaintiffs"

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March 9, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Michael Dagley provided insight on the reasons general counsel should consider taking the offensive approach as "corporate plaintiffs," as it can likely lead to lucrative outcomes. "[In-house] lawyers don't think of themselves as a potential profit center; they think of themselves as only a cost center," says Michael. In order to change this mindset, general counsel must acquire the skill set of a plaintiff's attorney. "I would identify a lawyer or team that has this plaintiff orientation; [one] who understands accounting, how corporations work, corporate governance, the boardroom, shareholders, all of that," explains Michael.

The full article, "Taking the Legal Offensive," was published in First Quarter 2016 issue of Corporate Board Member, available in the PDF below.

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