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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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FCPA: 2016 Year in Review & 2017 Enforcement Predictions

A review of trends and developments in FCPA as well as a look ahead into what to expect for 2017. This report aims at providing corporate leaders and companies with the knowledge they need to comply with the FCPA and avoid litigation in 2017.

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Attorney Spotlight: Mike Kuffner

February 2, 2017

Mike Kuffner spotlight1. Tell us about your practice.

I represent public and private companies on transactional, corporate governance and securities law matters. I also represent public companies, start-ups and venture capital and private equity firms in connection with corporate finance and capital markets transactions, including registered and unregistered equity and debt offerings. Over the past few years I've also developed a bit of a niche practice representing management teams in the negotiation of their employment and equity packages in connection with buyout transactions.

2. What is an interesting trend happening right now related to your field of practice? 

Deal volume is generally remaining strong despite the uncertainty created by the change in administration. Funds are sitting on a lot of capital, resulting in a competitive marketplace with respect to bidding processes and transaction terms. The general consensus is that the new administration will be more favorable to M&A activity, scaling back regulations and oversight. However, those in the healthcare space are taking calculated risks in deploying capital with respect to attractive transactions while waiting to see what the Trump administration has in store for healthcare reform.

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

At a basic level, I chose to become a lawyer because I enjoy teamwork and helping people solve their problems. Being a corporate lawyer is very rewarding in that I get to help my clients navigate some of the most important milestones in their careers – whether that be capital raises / changes in ownership, transformative acquisitions or sales of closely held businesses. Being able to provide our clients the comfort that we have the experience to thoughtfully counsel them through those important events is incredibly fulfilling.


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