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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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Jay Knight Authors Article Outlining Two SEC Rules Requiring Public Company Attention for 2017

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November 11, 2016

In an article published by Chief Executive, Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Jay Knight provides insight on two SEC rules that should be on the radar for every public company director heading into 2017. In the article, Jay outlines the final rule regarding CEO pay ratio, which requires public companies to disclose the ratio of the compensation of its CEO to the median compensation of its employees, and the SEC's proposed changes to proxy rules to mandate the use of universal proxy cards in contested elections at annual meetings. As Jay points out, "[t]his new rule should be on the board's radar screen because it would introduce for the first time a practical way for shareholders to split their votes for the combination of management nominees and dissident nominees of their choice (mix-and-match). As a result, a universal proxy card voting system could be significant enough to affect election outcomes in some proxy contests."

The full article, "Two New SEC Rules that Should Be on the Board's Radar," was published by Chief Executive on November 9, 2016.


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