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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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J. Paul Singleton

Associate

Nashville
(615) 742-7818 TEL
(615) 742-2941 FAX

J. Paul Singleton

Associate

Nashville
(615) 742-7818 TEL
(615) 742-2941 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7818 TEL
(615) 742-2941 FAX

Paul Singleton represents companies of all sizes in a wide variety of business related matters in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, financing and general business planning. He has worked with clients across several industries, including real estate, healthcare, automotive, construction and technology / telecommunications. His practice includes; negotiating purchase and sale agreements and related documents; managing and conducting the due diligence process for acquisitions and dispositions; and advising on various general corporate matters including entity formation and corporate governance.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Paul practiced in the Corporate, Business & Tax Group at Manier & Herod in Nashville, Tennessee. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Middle East aboard the USS Constellation prior to beginning his legal career.

Memberships

American Bar Association – Business Law Section, Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity and Venture Capital Subcommittees

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Nashville Bar Association

Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants – Associate Member

Literacy Council of Sumner County – Board of Directors

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Publications:

  • "Yes Virginia, Tax Loopholes Still Exist: An Examination of the Tennessee Community Property Trust Act of 2010," 42 U. Mem. L. Rev. 369 (2011).
  • "Can You Really Have Too Much Of A Good Thing? The Impact of Benevolent Tax Policies on the Cost of Health Care," 8 DePaul Bus. & Comm. L.J. 305 (2010).
  • Comment, "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: How The Due Process Clause May Limit Comprehensive Health Care Reform," 77 Tenn. L. Rev. 412 (2010).
  • "Understanding the New Tennessee Small Business Investment Company Credit Act: Stimulating Economic Growth at the Intersection of Free Market Capitalism and Government Intervention," 11 TRANS. TN J. B. LAW 93 (2010) (contributor).

Presentations:

  • "Buy-Sell Agreements," PeachTree Planning Advisor Education Seminar (February 28, 2015).
  • "Choice of Entity Basics," PeachTree Planning Advisor Education Seminar (December 13, 2014).
  • "Considerations in Structuring the Sale of a Business," Business Networks International (October 2, 2014).
  • "An Estate of Confusion: Estate Tax Projections for 2010 and Beyond," presented at the 2010 IFG/John Hancock Third Quarter Conference in Nashville, Tennessee (October 22, 2010).

Accolades

Tennessee Law Review – Editor

U.S. Marine Corps – Honorable Discharge; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Overseas Deployment Ribbon

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