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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 Member Eli Richardson Nominated to Serve as Federal Judge in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

July 13, 2017

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that President Trump has nominated Bass, Berry & Sims member Eli J. Richardson to serve as federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Richardson joined Bass, Berry & Sims in 2010 and advises clients in response to government investigations involving alleged white-collar crime or criminal civil violations. Immediately prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Richardson served 19 months overseas as DOJ's Resident Legal Advisor to Serbia, providing training, advice and case-specific assistance to Serbian judges, police and prosecutors. From 2004 to 2009, Richardson was an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, where in addition to prosecuting cases he served as Anti-terrorism Coordinator, head of the Terrorism and Official Corruption Unit, and finally Criminal Chief. From 2002 to 2004, Richardson served as an AUSA in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey, investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of cases. Prior to that, he spent four years as an FBI Special Agent, working first on public-corruption investigations, and then on counterterrorism matters as the FBI's regional Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator.

"Eli is a distinguished attorney and will be an excellent addition to the judiciary. Eli has been an invaluable resource to our clients and our firm during his time with Bass, Berry & Sims. His experience as a lawyer combined with his years of experience on the government side working with the DOJ, the U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI will provide an informed and balanced background for this judicial role. We are extremely proud of Eli and offer our complete support in this nomination," said Todd Rolapp, Bass, Berry & Sims managing partner.

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