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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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Charles K. Wray

Member (retired)

Nashville
(615) 742-6238 TEL
(615) 742-2738 FAX

Charles K. Wray

Member (retired)

Nashville
(615) 742-6238 TEL
(615) 742-2738 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6238 TEL
(615) 742-2738 FAX

Mr. Wray is a Member and the past-chair of the firm's Public Finance Practice Area in the Nashville office. His practice has for almost 25 years been primarily devoted to tax-exempt finance, but he also handles real estate and other commercial transactions.

Mr. Wray is a Member and the past-chair of the firm's Public Finance Practice Area in the Nashville office. His practice has for almost 25 years been primarily devoted to tax-exempt finance, but he also handles real estate and other commercial transactions. Mr. Wray's legal experience in the public finance area includes:

  • Serving as bond counsel for many small issue industrial revenue bonds, including financings backed by letters of credit issued by AmSouth Bank, Bank of America, Wachovia Bank and SunTrust Bank
  • Representing numerous industries in the negotiation and documentation of property tax abatement transactions
  • Serving as bond counsel on solid waste disposal facilities for entities such as Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Eastman Chemical Company and DuPont
  • Serving as bond counsel and/or borrower's counsel on numerous financings for 501(c)(3) entities, including hospitals, schools and colleges and service organizations
  • Serving as counsel for governmental entities entering into interest rate swap agreements
  • Serving as bond counsel for tax increment financings

Mr. Wray graduated in 1966 from Amherst College and in 1969 magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He joined Bass, Berry & Sims immediately following graduation and has spent his entire career there. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America® and has been named one of the best lawyers in the state by Business Tennessee magazine since 2004 for public finance law. Mr. Wray has formerly served as president of Alive Hospice, Inc., the largest hospice organization in the state of Tennessee, as president of Samaritans, Inc., an alcohol and drug recovery program, and as Mayor of the City of Oak Hill, Tennessee. He currently serves as a board member of the Tennessee Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He has on various occasions served as a panelist at the Bond Attorney's Workshop of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

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Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Public Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2011)

Best Lawyers in America® — Public Finance Law (1995-2017)

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2008, 2010-2011)

American College of Bond Counsel — Fellow

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