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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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Bob F. Thompson

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Nashville
(615) 742-6262 TEL
(615) 742-2762 FAX

Bob F. Thompson

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6262 TEL
(615) 742-2762 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6262 TEL
(615) 742-2762 FAX

In his almost 40 years practicing law, Bob Thompson has counseled financial institutions, including banks and bank holding companies, insurance holding companies and investment banking firms and hedge funds, in acquisitions, capital market transactions, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. He recently advised one of the largest managed care companies in the U.S. when it was acquired for more than $8 billion, and he currently represents two of the three largest publicly held bank holding companies headquartered in Tennessee.

In his almost 40 years practicing law, Bob Thompson has counseled financial institutions, including banks and bank holding companies, insurance holding companies and investment banking firms and hedge funds, in acquisitions, capital market transactions, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. He recently advised one of the largest managed care companies in the U.S. when it was acquired for more than $8 billion, and he currently represents two of the three largest publicly held bank holding companies headquartered in Tennessee.

Bob has been recognized by Chambers USA as someone who "'is very experienced and very knowledgeable about the various regulators and regulations we deal with.'" (from Chambers USA 2016).

Bob's practice involves:

  • Financial Institutions – Counseling public and private financial institutions in merger and acquisitions, branch sales and purchases, and capital market transactions, including offerings of debt and equity securities); advising on a wide range of regulatory compliance, including securities disclosure, executive compensation, various bank regulatory compliance and enforcement issues; and advising boards of directors and board committees.
  • Corporate & Securities – Representing underwriters and issuers in public offerings and private placements, advising on merger and acquisition transactions; tender offers and proxy contests and counseling executives, boards and board committees on executive compensation, corporate governance and financial reporting matters.

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Nashville Bar Association — Ethics Committee

Tennessee Bar Association

American Bar Association — Banking Law Committee, Federal Regulation of Securities Committee

Tennessee Bankers Association — Lawyers Committee

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

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Accolades

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2014); Nashville Mutual Funds Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2013); Nashville Securities / Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2012); Nashville Mergers and Acquisitions "Lawyer of the Year" (2011)

Best Lawyers in America® — Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law (1993-2017)

Chambers USA — Banking & Finance (2008-2015), Senior Statesman (2015-2016); Banking & Finance: Regulatory (2008, 2011-2014), Senior Statesman (2015-2016); Corporate/M&A (2004-2006)

Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2016)

Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers (2013-2014)

Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers (2013-2014)

Nashville Business Journal "Best of the Bar" (2011-2012)

Nashville Post "In Charge" (2012-2013)

Nashville Post "Nashville's 101 Top Lawyers" (2011)

Tennessee Securities Act (1980); Tennessee Regional Reciprocal Banking Act (1985); Tennessee Reciprocal Banking Act (1990) — Drafting Committee Member

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