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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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Blueprint for an IPO

Companies go public to raise capital to fuel growth, pay down debt and provide liquidity to shareholders. Although all issuers and offerings are different, the basic process of going public remains relatively constant. Blueprint for an IPO identifies the key players, details the process and identifies the obligations companies will face after going public.

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Privacy Perils: Avoid Voter Scams this Election Season

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November 4, 2016

In this homestretch to the November 8 elections, expect a hard push from scammers posing as pollsters, political party staffers or PAC officials in tongue-twisting ploys to obtain your personal and financial information. These scam artists are targeting potential voters through a variety of telephone calls since Do Not Call Registry rules allow pollsters, politicians and charities to contact you. And, of course, caller ID can be easily spoofed. Keep on guard for these most-common election scams: 

  • Phony Campaign Fundraising: Callers claim to represent a political party, actual candidate or voter cause and ask for donations over the phone. 
    • How to Avoid: Never respond immediately to unsolicited phone calls. Do your own due diligence; get their organization name and contact information and verify this information online or with the BBB before donating any money. If you want to donate, call the campaign or election office or visit the party or candidate website directly. 
  • Election Survey Scam: Callers claim to be conducting a political poll or survey on behalf of a political party, polling organization or the news media to obtain financial and personal information. Generally, callers choose a topic that is making headlines and offer a "too good to be true" reward for answering their questions. After completing the survey, victims are told their reward will be mailed, but first, the caller needs credit card information to cover the associated fees. 
    • How to Avoid: Polling companies conducting political surveys do not offer prizes. Legitimate companies will never ask for confidential information such as bank account and credit card details. *Continue to stay wary of this scam after the elections are over. 
  • Voter Registration Scam: Callers claim you need to re-register or update your voter registration as a means to obtain personal information that could be used for identity theft. 
    • How to Avoid: For any questions regarding voting eligibility, never give personal information over the phone, but instead contact your county election office or your state election division. Remember, you cannot register to vote over the phone, and most states require registration to be completed at least 30 days before an election.

Privacy Perils imageCheck out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.

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