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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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Harry L. Goldsmith

Senior Advisor

Memphis
(901) 543-5719 TEL
(888) 789-4123 FAX

Harry L. Goldsmith

Senior Advisor

Memphis
(901) 543-5719 TEL
(888) 789-4123 FAX
Memphis
(901) 543-5719 TEL
(888) 789-4123 FAX

Harry Goldsmith serves in an advisory role to the firm's clients drawing on his many years of experience as general counsel at a publicly traded company. He works with public companies and boards of directors on matters related to executive compensation, corporate governance and strategic guidance.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Harry served as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of AutoZone, Inc. (NYSE: AZO), during a 20-year career with the company. During his tenure with AutoZone, Harry served as active advisor to all CEOs and boards and worked closely with executives on various corporate governance issues. He was an integral team member during the six secondary offerings by private equity firm, KKR and also worked with ESL Investments during the acquisition and holding of AutoZone stock. Harry also negotiated all four of the major acquisitions by AutoZone. Prior to his work with AutoZone, Harry served in the legal department of Federal Express Corporation and held roles in two law firms.

Harry is active in local community organizations, serving as a board member at the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis College of Art and the Assisi Foundation. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law where he teaches corporate governance. In addition, he is the president and life trustee of the Goldsmith Family Foundation, Inc.

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Tennessee Bar Association 

Memphis Bar Association 

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System – Board Member

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art – Board Member 

Memphis College of Art – Board Member

Assisi Foundation– Board Member

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