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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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Jay Knight Comments on President-elect Trump's New SEC Appointment

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January 11, 2017

In an article published by Compliance Week, Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Jay Knight provided insight on the newly appointed U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman, Jay Clayton of Sullivan & Cromwell. Clayton is a respected expert in mergers, acquisitions and capital formation but has some controversy surrounding his view on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Knight is encouraged by the nomination as he believes that Clayton's skill set fits well with the SEC's capital formation and investor protection efforts. Knight believes that Clayton's experience in M&A deals can be applied as chairman by being able to understand marketplace issues. "This is somebody who is very familiar with the SEC's mission," said Knight in the article.

The full article, "What to Expect from Trump's SEC Nomination," was published by Compliance Week on January 10, 2017, and is available online.

Visit our Securities Law Exchange blog to read our recent post detailing Clayton's experience and additional media reaction to his appointment, "Quick Fact Sheet on Trump’s Pick for SEC Chair."

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