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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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Attorney Spotlight: Cheryl Palmeri

October 4, 2016

Palmeri Cheryl Spotlight 1. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field?

I worked as a social worker for three years following college. Every day in that job, I met children and families who were in crisis, and I was charged with putting services in place to help them. Time and time again, though, I felt hamstrung in what I could do for them unless and until the legal system intervened. No matter how much thought and work I put into a case, it was always our agency's lawyer who ultimately secured the resources and services that our clients needed. I decided that, to effectuate real change, I needed to understand and work from within our legal system. I applied to law school and haven't looked back.

2. What are current hot topics in the area of International Trade?

Cuba and Iran! The U.S. government has significantly scaled back its economic sanctions programs against both countries, and a lot of U.S. businesses are chomping at the bit to get into those markets. Despite the relaxation of restrictions, though, there are still a lot of legal and practical landmines to navigate. We get compliance questions related to both countries on almost a daily basis – and they are some of the most fun questions for us to field!

3. In 2015, you joined the firm as a lateral associate. Can you tell us about that transition and experience?

The transition was much easier than I expected. So much of our success as attorneys comes down to one thing: relationships. Obviously, it was daunting to think of leaving behind the connections that I had at my prior firm. After I made the move, though, it immediately became clear that I had not lost those connections; I had simply multiplied the number of remarkable lawyers with whom I get to interact every day. This firm is committed to integrity, camaraderie, and compassion in a way that I have never witnessed in any other workplace. And I feel fortunate to be a part of the BBS team.

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