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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: Doug Dahl

May 3, 2017

Doug Dahl spotlightTell us about your practice.

I have a relatively-broad employee benefits practice that focuses primarily on qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, including ESOPs, pension plans and deferred compensation. I also spend a good portion of my time on equity plans, bonus plans and various benefit issues in the M&A space. Although I don't spend as much time on health and welfare plans here at Bass, Berry & Sims, I spent several years at my prior firm knee deep in the Affordable Care Act and its endless pages of regulations.

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

One thing that is unique (as well as challenging) about employee benefits is that the laws are constantly changing. Tax reform very much impacts employee benefits, as do any changes to healthcare reform. Any movement on these items could significantly change the way our clients offer various benefits to their employees and thus our practice. Hopefully any changes to the tax and healthcare systems will just keep us busy!

In 2016, you joined the firm as a lateral attorney. Can you tell us about that transition and experience?

My transition and experience have gone very well. Due to the nature of my practice, I am fortunate to work with various groups at the firm, including Corporate, Healthcare and Labor & Employment, and with a couple dozen different attorneys. That level of integration helped me to feel a part of the firm and culture relatively soon after I arrived. I also consider myself a problem-solver who looks first at a client's objective and then to whether and how the client's objective can be met. I think other attorneys appreciate this mindset.

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