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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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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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Bass, Berry & Sims Adds Timothy J. Browne, Former NBA Vice President of Legal & Business Affairs

January 31, 2017

Browne Joins Nashville Office to Bring Extensive Legal Experience in Technology, Media and Professional Sports

Nashville, Tenn. (January 31, 2017) – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that Timothy (Tim) J. Browne has joined as Counsel in the firm's Nashville office. After more than 10 years at the league office of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in New York, Browne brings to the firm extensive experience providing counsel on matters related to the businesses of media, entertainment, technology, professional sports and marketing & advertising. His most recent NBA title was Vice President of Legal & Business Affairs and co-head of the Media Legal Group.

"Tim's unique experience handling a wide range of media, technology and marketing legal matters at the highest level was very attractive to our firm and significantly bolsters our ability to provide the best, results-driven service for our clients both locally and across the country," said Todd Rolapp, managing partner at Bass, Berry & Sims. "As the media, marketing and technology landscapes continue to evolve, we are committed to growing our outstanding roster with high-caliber attorneys such as Tim."

At Bass, Berry & Sims, Browne will focus on advising clients on their production, acquisition, protection and distribution of various forms of intellectual property. He also offers counsel on a broad range of related legal matters, such as events and entertainment; use of social media platforms and related compliance; rules and regulations of professional sports leagues and amateur associations; joint ventures, collaborations and strategic alliances; general corporate governance; non-disclosure agreements; and sponsorship and advertising transactions. 

During his time at the NBA, Browne advised the league and its teams on a variety of licensing and business matters in the areas of digital and social media, content production and distribution, marketing and advertising, and events and entertainment. He also negotiated and administered some of the NBA's most significant media partnerships, including national media rights agreements between the NBA and major content companies, such as ESPN, Turner Broadcasting, YouTube, Facebook and SiriusXM.

Prior to the NBA, Browne worked as a corporate associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York.

Outside of the firm, Browne is an active member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance.

Browne earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Browne is admitted to practice only in New York; Tennessee bar application pending.

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