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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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E. Steele Clayton, IV

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Nashville
(615) 742-6205 TEL
(615) 742-2705 FAX

E. Steele Clayton, IV

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6205 TEL
(615) 742-2705 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6205 TEL
(615) 742-2705 FAX

Steele Clayton helps his clients resolve their business and commercial disputes. Whether negotiating or litigating a resolution, Steele believes that economic sensibility and the long term best interest of the client's business should always be in the forefront. Over the last 20 years, Steele has helped clients resolve a wide variety of business and commercial disputes in state and federal courts throughout the United States as well as in private arbitrations and mediations. Steele also serves as the vice chair of the firm's Antitrust and Trade Practices Group where he provides training and counseling to his clients as well as representing clients in private and government litigation matters.

Steele Clayton helps his clients resolve their business and commercial disputes. Whether negotiating or litigating a resolution, Steele believes that economic sensibility and the long term best interest of the client's business should always be in the forefront. Over the last 20 years, Steele has helped clients resolve a wide variety of business and commercial disputes in state and federal courts throughout the United States as well as in private arbitrations and mediations. Steele also serves as the vice chair of the firm's Antitrust and Trade Practices Group where he provides training and counseling to his clients as well as representing clients in private and government litigation matters.

Steele's practice involves:

  • Antitrust & Trade Practices – Advising clients with respect to the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, the Robinson-Patman Act and state antitrust laws across a variety of industry sectors in private lawsuits and actions brought by federal and state enforcement agencies; designing, implementing and training on antitrust compliance programs; defending clients with respect to consumer class actions and other trade-specific claims.
  • Business Disputes – Representing companies in various commercial disputes including contract disputes, fraud, misrepresentations, interference with business relations, breach of fiduciary duty, consumer protection acts, the Uniform Commercial Code, securities violations, post-merger and asset purchase disputes between buyers and sellers, trade secrets and non-compete and non-solicitation matters; counseling clients with respect to their contracts and other business documents with an eye toward litigation issues.
  • Internal Investigations – Conducting internal investigations for both public and private companies relating to antitrust, financial reporting, internal controls, company policies and procedures and officer and director malfeasance.

While his antitrust practice covers a wide range of industries, a significant portion of his practice is in the healthcare industry. His experience as a CPA gives him an in-depth understanding of business generally and the financial issues that are relevant in business litigation or an investigation.

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Nashville Bar Association — Chancery and Circuit Court Committee, Chair (2010-2012)

Nashville Bar Foundation

Tennessee Bar Association

South Carolina Bar Association

American Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) — Antitrust Practice Group, Vice-Chair (June 2012-present)

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc. — Executive Committee; Board of Directors

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Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Litigation: Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year" (2017, 2015)

Best Lawyers in America® — Commercial Litigation; Litigation: Antitrust (2011-2017)

Nashville Bar Foundation — Fellow

Certified Public Accountant (1990-1995)

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