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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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Joseph B. Crace, Jr.

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Nashville
(615) 742-7896 TEL
(615) 742-2700 FAX

Joseph B. Crace, Jr.

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-7896 TEL
(615) 742-2700 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7896 TEL
(615) 742-2700 FAX

Joe Crace counsels companies and individuals facing liability under federal and state securities laws, and represents companies involved in disputes with shareholders and other investors. He has handled securities and shareholder litigation matters for both public and private companies in various industries, including healthcare, financial services and food services. Joe also works with companies and their directors and officers to achieve favorable results in high-stakes cases and claims related to mergers and acquisitions. Over the past three years, Joe has represented multiple healthcare-related companies and their directors and officers in litigation related to mergers and acquisitions with valuations exceeding $3.6 billion.

Joe Crace counsels companies and individuals facing liability under federal and state securities laws, and represents companies involved in disputes with shareholders and other investors. He has handled securities and shareholder litigation matters for both public and private companies in various industries, including healthcare, financial services and food services. Joe also works with companies and their directors and officers to achieve favorable results in high-stakes cases and claims related to mergers and acquisitions. Over the past three years, Joe has represented multiple healthcare-related companies and their directors and officers in litigation related to mergers and acquisitions with valuations exceeding $3.6 billion.

Joe's practice involves:

  • Mergers & Acquisitions – Representing public corporations and their directors and/or officers in class action litigation, alleging breach of fiduciary duty and other claims that threaten to impede multi-million and multi-billion dollar transactions in various industries.
  • Securities & Shareholder Litigation – Representing public companies in federal securities class actions, derivative actions and other shareholder disputes arising from alleged violations of federal and state securities laws, breaches of fiduciary duty, fraud, breach of contract, and other matters that could lead to potential liability.

In addition to his position as assistant leader of the Securities & Shareholder Litigation Practice Group, Joe maintains an active pro bono practice – representing veterans in conjunction with the National Veterans Legal Services Program and the firm's pro bono adoption program. He has successfully challenged Veterans Administration disability ratings on behalf of Iraq War veterans suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and other medical issues, and obtained increased disability payments for these soldiers. 

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Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014-2016)

Cornell Law Review — Managing Editor

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs — Section Editor

Cornell Law School — Kasowitz Prize for Excellence in Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy

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