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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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Leslie M. Ford

Associate

Nashville
(615) 742-7791 TEL
(615) 248-4254 FAX

Leslie M. Ford

Associate

Nashville
(615) 742-7791 TEL
(615) 248-4254 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7791 TEL
(615) 248-4254 FAX

Leslie Ford has been actively involved in $6 billion worth of financing transactions in the last five years, with more than $400 million in the healthcare industry. Serving a diverse client list, Leslie represents institutional lenders, private equity investors, public and private borrowers and issuers in secured and unsecured financing transactions. She has represented REIT clients in the negotiation of debt arrangements and routinely represents private equity funds both in acquisition financings as borrowers and in mezzanine financings as lenders.

Leslie's success with her commercial practice extends to the collaboration with attorneys in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group.

Leslie Ford has been actively involved in $6 billion worth of financing transactions in the last five years, with more than $400 million in the healthcare industry. Serving a diverse client list, Leslie represents institutional lenders, private equity investors, public and private borrowers and issuers in secured and unsecured financing transactions. She has represented REIT clients in the negotiation of debt arrangements and routinely represents private equity funds both in acquisition financings as borrowers and in mezzanine financings as lenders.

Leslie's success with her commercial practice extends to the collaboration with attorneys in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group. Her practice involves:

  • Commercial Finance – Representing clients in secured and unsecured financing transactions including syndicated credit facilities, acquisition financings, first and second lien credit facilities, high-yield corporate notes, asset-based financings, mezzanine financings, equipment financings, construction loans, loan workouts and restructurings.
  • Corporate Transactions – Representing clients in negotiating and documenting public offerings and Rule 144A offerings of debt securities and convertible debt securities.

By thinking creatively with her clients, Leslie works to close deals with successful outcomes that go beyond the numbers to the broader business objectives. For borrowers and issuers, this means strategic and efficient access to capital while maintaining maximum operational flexibility in debt arrangements. For lenders, it means effectively managing risk while simultaneously entering into a successful, mutually beneficial relationship with the borrower.

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Tennessee Bar Association — Business Law Section; Health Law Section

Leadership Healthcare

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

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Accolades

Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2013-2016)

Tennessee Law Review — Editor-in-Chief

Phi Beta Kappa

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