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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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E. Warner Bass

Member (retired)

(615) 742-6210 TEL
(615) 742-2710 FAX

E. Warner Bass

Member (retired)

(615) 742-6210 TEL
(615) 742-2710 FAX
(615) 742-6210 TEL
(615) 742-2710 FAX

Warner Bass is a Member of the firm's Commercial Practice and previously served as the firm's managing partner. Since joining the firm in 1966, Mr. Bass has practiced in a broad range of areas, including litigation, labor law and corporate and securities matters. 

In more recent years, he has focused his practice on real estate transactions. Additionally, Mr. Bass has undergone mediation and arbitration training and has been certified as both a mediator and an arbitrator. Mr. Bass' legal experience includes:  

  • Counseling and representing sellers and buyers of real estate, including zoning and planning matters relating to such property.
  • Counseling and representing developers of a variety of projects, including office buildings, shopping centers, apartments and residential developments, including zoning and planning matters relating to such property.
  • Representation of lenders in connection with the construction and/or permanent financing of office buildings, shopping centers, apartments and residential developments.
  • Counseling and representing families with real estate holdings in connection with the management, development and/or disposition of such holdings.

Mr. Bass graduated from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He graduated in 1966 from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he served as articles editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and was selected for the Order of the Coif. He then joined Bass, Berry & Sims in 1966.

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Bass has served on various community and charitable boards, including the Tennessee Performing Arts Foundation (Chair), The Civil War Trust and the Tennessee chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He previously served as chair, and continues to serve as a member, of the board of trustees of the Land Trust for Tennessee, Inc. Mr. Bass also served in the Tennessee State Constitutional Convention of 1977 and as chair of the Planning Commission for the City of Forest Hills from 1995 until 2013.


Nashville Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

Lex Mundi College of Mediators 

American Arbitration Association Panel of Mediators


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Tennessee Tree Project Award (2010)

Federal Republic of Germany — Honorary Consul for Tennessee (1994-2005); Awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit

City of Forest Hills Planning Commission — Member (1987-present), Chairman (1994-present)

Tennessee Limited Constitutional Convention — Delegate (1977)

Vanderbilt Law Review — Case Editor (1965-1966)


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