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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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Douglas W. Dahl II

Counsel

Nashville
(615) 742-7939 TEL
(615) 248-8797 FAX

Douglas W. Dahl II

Counsel

Nashville
(615) 742-7939 TEL
(615) 248-8797 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7939 TEL
(615) 248-8797 FAX

Doug Dahl provides technical knowledge and advice to companies on a wide range of federal tax and ERISA matters regarding employee benefits, including qualified retirement plans, executive compensation arrangements and health and welfare plans. Doug regularly assists companies with employee benefit issues that arise during and following various corporate transactions and events, such as mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and bankruptcies.

Drawing on his experience as an attorney with the IRS, Office of Chief Counsel and his involvement with employee benefits at a National level in Washington, D.C., Doug represents companies in various interactions with the IRS, the Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Doug’s practice involves:

Doug Dahl provides technical knowledge and advice to companies on a wide range of federal tax and ERISA matters regarding employee benefits, including qualified retirement plans, executive compensation arrangements and health and welfare plans. Doug regularly assists companies with employee benefit issues that arise during and following various corporate transactions and events, such as mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and bankruptcies.

Drawing on his experience as an attorney with the IRS, Office of Chief Counsel and his involvement with employee benefits at a National level in Washington, D.C., Doug represents companies in various interactions with the IRS, the Department of Labor, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Doug’s practice involves:

  • Regularly assisting both private and public companies with the creation, administration and compliance of qualified retirement plans.
  • Providing assistance with qualified plan conversions, terminations and corrections.
  • Preparing various types of equity and non-equity deferred compensation plans and offering advice with respect to initial adoption and ongoing compliance.
  • Preparing health and welfare plan documents and negotiating related contracts.
  • Providing advice to ESOP trustees and sponsors regarding transactions involving company stock, as well as ongoing ESOP administration.

Doug was a member of the brief-writing teams for amicus briefs filed in two landmark Supreme Court cases involving employee benefits: National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Health Care reform case), and M&G Polymers USA, LLC, et al. v. Tackett et al. (Case involving retiree medical coverage).

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Doug was an associate with Proskauer Rose LLP in the Washington, D.C. office. From 2009-2011, Doug was an attorney with the IRS, Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C.

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Publications:

  • The New Health Care Reform Law: What Employers Need to Know (A Q&A Guide) 5th Edition (contributing author), Thompson Information Services (October 2014)
  • "Briger v. Tellabs, Inc. – The Decision to Not Sell Stock During 'Drop' in Value Was Not a Fiduciary Breach"(co-author), The Journal of Employee Ownership Law and Finance, Volume 22 No. 2 (Spring 2010)

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The Tax Lawyer – Senior Staff Mentor

American Journal of Trial Advocacy – Executive Editor

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