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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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Overton Thompson III

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Nashville
(615) 742-7730 TEL
(615) 742-2804 FAX

Overton Thompson III

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-7730 TEL
(615) 742-2804 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7730 TEL
(615) 742-2804 FAX

With more than 30 years of complex business litigation experience, Overton Thompson has represented a multitude of clients in bet-the-company matters where hundreds of millions, and sometimes billions, of dollars have been in dispute. Of note, he was lead counsel for Genesco Inc. in the largest case ever tried in Tennessee involving the breach of a $1.5 billion merger agreement. The case, involving actions pending in both the Chancery Court of Davidson County, Tennessee and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, was reported in both The Wall Street Journal and The American Lawyer magazine. Overton guides his clients through analysis, strategy, negotiations or litigation to obtain favorable results in important matters. He has provided counsel for national clients of all sizes on a range of complex litigation, business, securities and corporate matters.

With more than 30 years of complex business litigation experience, Overton Thompson has represented a multitude of clients in bet-the-company matters where hundreds of millions, and sometimes billions, of dollars have been in dispute. Of note, he was lead counsel for Genesco Inc. in the largest case ever tried in Tennessee involving the breach of a $1.5 billion merger agreement. The case, involving actions pending in both the Chancery Court of Davidson County, Tennessee and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, was reported in both The Wall Street Journal and The American Lawyer magazine. Overton guides his clients through analysis, strategy, negotiations or litigation to obtain favorable results in important matters. He has provided counsel for national clients of all sizes on a range of complex litigation, business, securities and corporate matters.

Overton works with officers, directors and leaders of companies on disputes involving:

  • Securities & Shareholder and Merger & Acquisition Litigation – Representation of public and private corporations in securities and shareholder class actions, derivative actions; officer and director liability; breach of fiduciary duty; and breach of securities laws, including claims brought under Section 10-b/10-b-5.
  • Business Disputes – Representation of plaintiffs and defendants in a range of business disputes including business fraud, breach of contract, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, corporate and partnership dissolutions, lender liability, intellectual property and patent infringement, as well as insurance and trusts and estate disputes.


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Memberships

Nashville Bar Association — Board of Directors, Past Member; Dispute Resolution Section, Past Chairman

Tennessee Bar Association — Litigation Section, Past Chairman

Men of Valor — Member, Board of Directors, President

Monroe Harding Children's Home — Past Chair

Exchange Club of Nashville — Past Board Member

Antiques & Garden Show of Middle Tennessee — Past Board Member

Travellers Rest Historic House and Museum — Board of Directors, Past President

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Accolades

Chambers USA — Litigation: General Commercial (2008-2016)

Best Lawyers in America® — Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation: Mergers and Acquisitions; Litigation: Securities (2009-2017)

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Litigation: Mergers and Acquisitions "Lawyer of the Year" (2013)

Benchmark Litigation — Local Litigation Star: Tennessee (2010-2017)

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2010-2016)

Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers (2014)

Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers (2014)

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

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