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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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Bass, Berry & Sims Continues to Grow Memphis Corporate Practice with Addition of Richard Mattern

June 6, 2016

Memphis, Tenn., (May 16, 2016) – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that Richard F. Mattern has joined as a member in the firm's office in Memphis. He joins the Corporate Practice Group, which also added Oscar L. Thomas to the group in Memphis earlier this year. Mattern represents public and private companies in a variety of corporate and securities law matters, helping clients achieve goals to support their overall strategic initiative. 

"We will continue to add experienced attorneys like Richard to advise our robust list of corporate clients with their strategic objectives, which oftentimes includes accessing or navigating capital markets," said Richard Spore, managing partner of Bass, Berry & Sims' Memphis office. "Richard's ability to see the 'big picture' when advising clients, along with his commitment to serving his clients and community, make him an excellent fit for our firm."

At Bass, Berry & Sims, Mattern focuses his practice on corporate matters related to mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, corporate governance, SEC regulatory reporting and compliance, corporate finance, venture capital and private equity financing. He frequently represents both public and private companies in a wide range of industries, with a particular focus in the medical device, real estate investment trust (REIT), manufacturing and banking industries. He has experience representing several NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies in transactions ranging from $10 million to $1.4 billion, as well as securities offerings ranging from $4 million to $6 billion. 

Outside of the firm, Mattern is an active member of the American Bar Association, where he is part of the Business Law Section's Committee on Mergers and Acquisitions. In addition to his involvement in professional organizations, Mattern also sits on the Board of Junior Achievement, the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. 

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Mattern was a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C. Mattern earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, and his law degree from Emory University School of Law. 

About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
With more than 260 attorneys representing numerous publicly traded companies and Fortune 500 businesses, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has been involved in some of the largest and most significant business transactions and litigation matters in the country. For more information, visit www.bassberry.com.


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