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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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Wallace W. Dietz

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Wallace W. Dietz

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Cited by Chambers USA for his experience and judgment handling shareholder class actions, internal investigations and international anti-corruption issues, Wally Dietz has more than 30 years of experience guiding his clients through complex litigation and investigations where exposure is significant. Wally has notable successes negotiating with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Tennessee Attorney General and other governmental agencies, oftentimes producing a favorable result in a very short time frame. His work representing clients in connection with possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations and other anti-corruption issues has taken him to Asia, Africa, Europe and Central America.

Wally is the chair of the firm's Compliance & Government Investigations (CGI) Practice Group and serves as the firm's liaison partner for its Washington, D.C. office.

Cited by Chambers USA for his experience and judgment handling shareholder class actions, internal investigations and international anti-corruption issues, Wally Dietz has more than 30 years of experience guiding his clients through complex litigation and investigations where exposure is significant. Wally has notable successes negotiating with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Tennessee Attorney General and other governmental agencies, oftentimes producing a favorable result in a very short time frame. His work representing clients in connection with possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations and other anti-corruption issues has taken him to Asia, Africa, Europe and Central America.

Wally is the chair of the firm's Compliance & Government Investigations (CGI) Practice Group and serves as the firm's liaison partner for its Washington, D.C. office.  His practice includes:

  • Internal Investigations & Special Projects – Conducting internal and governmental investigations involving healthcare fraud and abuse and the FCPA and complex business and commercial litigation, including cases involving shareholder class action litigation, business torts, trade secrets, healthcare law and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Healthcare Fraud & Abuse – Representing healthcare companies facing whistleblower lawsuits under the False Claims Act (FCA) or violations of the Stark Law or Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Shareholder Class Actions – Defends directors and officers against allegation related to fiduciary duties, waste, governance and other matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Wally served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee. Wally was also a legislative assistant and media aide to former U.S. Senator Jim Sasser.

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Nashville Bar Association — Board Member (2003-2006)

District of Columbia Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

American Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Lex Mundi — Global Chair, Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Committee

Nashville Pro Bono, Inc. — President (1994-1995)

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Accolades

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Litigation: Securities "Lawyer of the Year" (2016); Nashville Litigation: Mergers and Acquisitions "Lawyer of the Year" (2014), Nashville Litigation: Banking and Finance "Lawyer of the Year" (2012)

Best Lawyers in America® — Commercial Litigation; Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; International Trade and Finance Law; Litigation: Banking and Finance; Litigation: Health Care; Litigation: Mergers and Acquisition; Litigation: Securities; Trade Secrets Law (2006-2017)

Chambers USA — Litigation: General Commercial (2003-2016)

Benchmark Litigation — Local Litigation Star: Tennessee (2012-2017)

Super Lawyers — Corporate Counsel Edition

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2016)

Nashville Business Journal "Best of the Bar" (2011-2012)

Nashville Bar Association Liberty Bell Award

American Criminal Law Review — Associate Editor (1980-1982)

Law Clerk to Hon. Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., United States District Judge, Middle District of Tennessee (1982-1983)

Speechwriter and Press Aide to United States Senator Jim Sasser, Washington, D.C. (1977-1981)

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