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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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Fritz Richter, III

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Nashville
(615) 742-6256 TEL
(615) 742-2748 FAX

Fritz Richter, III

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6256 TEL
(615) 742-2748 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6256 TEL
(615) 742-2748 FAX

Fritz Richter has more than 30 years of experience counseling clients on employee benefit plan design and administration, and compliance with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). His clients span a wide range of industries, including the healthcare, retail and hospitality. Fritz has helped clients navigate hundreds of audits; submitted numerous IRS, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) filings; and crafted a wide variety of employee benefit plan documents – all focused on helping employers navigate complex government regulation.

Fritz Richter has more than 30 years of experience counseling clients on employee benefit plan design and administration, and compliance with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). His clients span a wide range of industries, including the healthcare, retail and hospitality. Fritz has helped clients navigate hundreds of audits; submitted numerous IRS, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) filings; and crafted a wide variety of employee benefit plan documents – all focused on helping employers navigate complex government regulation.

With a foundation in the IRS's Employee Plans and Chief Counsel's Offices in Washington, D.C., Fritz has developed a broad employee benefits and executive compensation practice focused on advising clients on the design, implementation and administration of employee benefit plans and compensation arrangements, including:

  • 401(k) plans
  • Employee stock ownership plans (ESOP)
  • 403(b) annuities
  • 457 plans
  • Profit-sharing plans
  • Pension plans (including cash balance plans)
  • Nonqualified plans and arrangements (including Section 409A analysis, supplemental executive retirement plans (SERPs), equity-based plans, change in control agreements, rabbi trusts and split-dollar arrangements)
  • Governmental plans
  • Employee stock purchase plans
  • Multiemployer and other collectively bargained plans
  • Health and other welfare plans (including Affordable Care Act (ACA), COBRA and HIPAA issues)
  • Cafeteria plans (including health and dependent care flexible spending accounts)
  • Health savings accounts (HSAs) and health reimbursement accounts (HRAs)

Fritz advises clients on a wide variety of related matters such as ACA issues, ERISA litigation and fiduciary responsibility issues. He also works closely with the firm’s corporate attorneys on employee benefits matters in the context of mergers and acquisitions and on executive compensation arrangements.

Prior to joining the firm, Fritz was with the Employee Plans Division, Office of the Assistant Commissioner (Employee Plans and Exempt Organizations), Internal Revenue Service, and served as Chief Counsel of Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Employee Benefits and Exempt Organizations) Internal Revenue Service. Additionally, Fritz was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corps.

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American Bar Association — Taxation Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Fiduciary Responsibility/Plan Investments Subcommittee, Co-Vice Chair

Gulf Coast Area IRS Tax Exempt Organizations/Governmental Entities Council — Member, Board of Directors and Secretary

American College of Employee Benefits Counsel — Fellow

Southern Employee Benefits Conference

Middle Tennessee Employee Benefits Council

National Association of Stock Plan Professionals

ESOP Association

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Accolades

Best Lawyers in America® — Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2008-2017)

Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2008 and 2012-2016)

American College of Employee Benefits Counsel — Fellow

Wake Forest Law Review — Member (1978-1980)

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