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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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Healthcare Transactions: Year in Review 2016Healthcare transactional activity continued unabated throughout 2016, continuing a years-long trend of sustained growth. A number of factors have driven providers to consolidate in an effort to expand access to services and products while taking advantage of increased capital and economies of scale. Our team provided a recap of notable transactions from 2016.

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Attorney Spotlight: Courtney Grande

June 8, 2016

Courtney Grande spotlight

1. Tell us about your legal practice.

I started my legal career representing clients in internal, civil and regulatory investigations at King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia. After practicing in Atlanta for a few years, I accepted a position as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. In this position, I had the opportunity to handle white collar criminal cases as well as some drug and gun cases. After a couple of years at the U.S Attorney's Office, I decide to go back to a law firm to do civil law. I choose Bass, Berry & Sims because of the firm's growing and highly regarded healthcare work.

Today, I primarily represent healthcare providers in civil and regulatory investigations, corporate internal investigations, and litigation related to fraud and abuse matters related to violations of the federal False Claims Act and state false claims acts. 

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field?

I first became interested in law after taking an environmental sciences class in high school. I loved studying the different cases, such as the Love Canal lawsuit. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from UNC-Chapel Hill with the plan to become an environmental lawyer. As an associate at King & Spalding and an Assistant U.S. Attorney, I had the opportunity to try different areas of law, including criminal law. I ultimately decided that I enjoy practicing investigations and fraud and abuse law, which is how I ended up in the area I am in today. 

3. How did your previous experience working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Charlotte, North Carolina, prepare you for your role as an attorney within a law firm?

My time at the U.S. Attorney's Office allowed me to the opportunity to get courtroom and trial experience, which is often times an opportunity that is difficult to obtain as a younger attorney.

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