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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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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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John S. Golwen

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Memphis
(901) 543-5903 TEL
(866) 627-4696 FAX

John S. Golwen

Member

Memphis
(901) 543-5903 TEL
(866) 627-4696 FAX
Memphis
(901) 543-5903 TEL
(866) 627-4696 FAX

John Golwen focuses his practice on business litigation and serves as the Managing Partner of the Memphis office. He represents a wide variety of businesses including healthcare, financial, retail, service, energy, construction and transportation companies. He also routinely represents business owners, management and directors. As a seasoned trial lawyer and chair of the firm's Business Disputes Practice Group, John sees litigation strategy as inherently tied to risk management, problem solving and strategic planning. He regularly represents parties as counsel in settlement negotiations, judicial settlement conferences, mediations and arbitrations in commercial disputes, class actions and trials.

John Golwen focuses his practice on business litigation and serves as the Managing Partner of the Memphis office. He represents a wide variety of businesses including healthcare, financial, retail, service, energy, construction and transportation companies. He also routinely represents business owners, management and directors. As a seasoned trial lawyer and chair of the firm's Business Disputes Practice Group, John sees litigation strategy as inherently tied to risk management, problem solving and strategic planning. He regularly represents parties as counsel in settlement negotiations, judicial settlement conferences, mediations and arbitrations in commercial disputes, class actions and trials.

John represents public and private companies in a wide variety of industries with matters relating to:

  • Business Disputes – Representing clients in all types of contractual and transactional disputes, including business divorces among owners of all types of business entities; commercial torts such as procurement of breach of contract, tortious interference with business relations, interference with contracts, misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of restrictive covenants.
  • Broker-Dealer & Financial Products – Providing advocacy related to shareholder disputes, customer and financial product disputes, including proprietary investment products, high-yield junk bonds, open and closed-end bond funds, and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations.

John was part of a team of trial lawyers who successfully defended a large broker-dealer in hundreds of cases arising from the failure of its proprietary investment product. He also is a certified Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator and regularly serves as an arbitrator or mediator in commercial litigation cases.

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Memberships

Memphis Bar Foundation – Fellow

Memphis Bar Association

Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. – Campaign for Equal Justice, Large Firm Fundraising Committee, Chair

Transition Team for Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland – Committee on Poverty and Child Hunger

Emmanuel Center – Board of Directors 

Love Memphis Ministries, Inc. – Board Member

Pure Youth Alliance, Inc. – Board Member

Regional One Health Foundation – Board Member (2013-2015)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Inc. – Central Board of Directors; Steak & Burger Event, Chair (2001)

Oakhaven Boys & Girls Club – Chairman of the Board (2012-2016)

The Phoenix Club – President (1996)

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Accolades

Best Lawyers in America® — Memphis Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year" (2017); Memphis Litigation: Securities "Lawyer of the Year" (2013)

Best Lawyers in America® — Arbitration; Commercial Litigation; Litigation: Banking and Finance; Litigation: Securities (2010-2018)

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2013-2016)

The Phoenix Club – Mednikow Award 

Tennessee Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution — Rule 31 Mediator

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, Law Clerk (1990)

Washington & Lee Law Review — Editor

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