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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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Leigh Walton

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Nashville
(615) 742-6201 TEL
(615) 742-2701 FAX

Leigh Walton

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6201 TEL
(615) 742-2701 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6201 TEL
(615) 742-2701 FAX

With more than 30 years of practice, Leigh Walton has advised a wide variety of public companies in the areas of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and securities offerings.

She led the regulatory team for the nation's leading healthcare provider through the largest domestic leveraged buyout in history at the time.

Leigh has helped develop the national healthcare practice at Bass, Berry & Sims. She is known for her ability to blend mergers and acquisitions, securities and healthcare law in providing practical advice to a broad range of providers.

With more than 30 years of practice, Leigh Walton has advised a wide variety of public companies in the areas of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and securities offerings. 

She led the regulatory team for the nation's leading healthcare provider through the largest domestic leveraged buyout in history at the time. 

Leigh has helped develop the national healthcare practice at Bass, Berry & Sims. She is known for her ability to blend mergers and acquisitions, securities and healthcare law in providing practical advice to a broad range of providers. She works with healthcare clients on:

  • Healthcare Mergers, Acquisitions & Dispositions – Leading acquisitions of hospitals, devising business collaborations among providers, coordinating spin-offs and financing transactions.
  • Healthcare Finance – Coordinating public debt and equity, private placements of securities and private equity investments for issuers, underwriters, sellers and purchasers.
  • Corporate Governance – Advising boards, directors, officers and other executives on governance, disclosure, regulatory and operational concerns; developing innovative responses to the rapidly evolving healthcare regulatory landscape.

Leigh is a past chair of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section Mergers & Acquisitions Committee, which has more than 4,000 members in 40 countries on five continents. She is chair of the Committee's Private Target Merger Agreement Task Force. Leigh is also a member of the Corporate Laws Committee, where she co-chairs the Corporate Director's Guidebook Task Force.

She is a frequent presenter at national health law programs as well as securities regulation and corporate governance lectures including the ABA's Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Institute. Leigh is a member of the Gender Equality Council for the city of Nashville and the YWCA Nashville Fulcrum Society. She also serves on the board of Nashville's independent film organization, the Belcourt Theatre. 

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Nashville Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association 

American Bar Association — Women in Mergers & Acquisitions Task Force, Co-Chair (2015); Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, Chair (2009-2012); Committee on Corporate Laws (1997-2003); Mergers and Acquisitions Committee (1986-present)

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Nashville Health Care Council — Board of Directors (2008-2010)

Council on Gender Equity

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Accolades

The Diversity Journal's "Women Worth Watching" (2015)

YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee — Academy of Women of Achievement (2015)

Nashville Business Journal — Power 100 (2015-2016)

Best Lawyers of America® — Nashville Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2015); Nashville Securities / Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2010)

Best Lawyers of America® — Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation (1995-2017)

Chambers USA — Healthcare, Tennessee, Band 1 (2007-2016)

Chambers USA — Corporate/M&A, Tennessee, Band 1 (2003-2006)

The International Who's Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers (2005-2014)

The International Who's Who of Merger & Acquisition Lawyers (2009-2014)

Who's Who Legal: Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance

Who's Who in American Law

Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2005-2015), Lawdragon 500 Dealmakers

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2016)

Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers (2011-2012, 2016)

Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers (2011-2014, 2016)

Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers (2012-2013, 2016)

Nashville Business Journal "Best of the Bar" (2011-2013, 2015)

Nashville Medical News InCharge Healthcare (2012-2016)

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

Nashville Post "In Charge" — Legal Sector (2012-2016)

American Bar Foundation — Fellow (2009)

Phi Beta Kappa (1972)

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