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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 Cooper and Brant Phillips Author Column on Rise of Nonprofits as Political Vehicles

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November 3, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys Bob Cooper and Brant Phillips provided insight on the increasing prominence of nonprofit organizations as political vehicles in a guest column featured in the Nashville Business Journal. As the authors point out in the article, nonprofit entities under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code are not required by federal law to disclose the identity of their donors, leading them to be labeled as "dark money groups." Although these organizations are supposed to be operated "exclusively for the promotion of social welfare," the IRS has interpreted the language in such a way that allows lobbying and campaign activities, as long as they are not the primary focus of the nonprofit.

The full article, "Where Nonprofits Meet Politics," was published online and in the print edition of the Nashville Business Journal on October 30, 2015.


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