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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 Comments on United Airlines Bribery Case


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July 19, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Eli Richardson provided comment for a Law360 article related to bribery charges brought against Jamie Fox, the former commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation and former lobbyist for United Airlines. Federal prosecutors allege that Jamie Fox conspired with former New York/New Jersey Port Authority chairman David Samson for the chairman to receive a bribe from United Airlines in return for favorable treatment from the airline. In the article, Eli offers a potential defense strategy saying, "Fox, however, could challenge the government's narrative that he and Samson schemed against United in light of the fact that Fox was a consultant working on behalf of the airline ... If the government portrays United employees as victims to a certain extent, Fox could argue he is among the victims who were pressured by Samson."

The full article, "Emails Hover Over Ex-NJ DOT Chief In Airline Bribery Case," was published by Law360 on July 18, 2016, and is available online.

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