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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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Tennessee Government Update

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November 9, 2016

It's the dawn of a new day in American politics. Defying polls and the expectations of political experts, Donald Trump was successful in his bid to become the 45th President of the United States of America. He will be in like-minded company (perhaps), as Republicans have retained control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

The political landscape in Tennessee remains the same with the exception of the Tennessee House of Representatives. In the Tennessee House, the Republicans won two previously held Democratic seats. Michael Curcio (R) won the open seat in Dickson that long-term, retiring Democrat Rep. David Shepard held for years. Rep. Kevin Dunlap, a freshman Democrat from Rock Island, was defeated by Republican Paul Sherrell. The biggest surprise and upset was Rep. Steve McManus (R-Cordova) losing to Democrat Dwayne Thompson. Rep. McManus, who served as Chairman of the House Insurance and Banking Committee, lost by 373 votes. No one had this race on their radar – the latest polling had McManus up 10 points. Republicans will hold 74 seats in the 99 member House chamber.

The composition of the Tennessee Senate remains the same: 28-5 Republicans to Democrats. Rep. Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol) is the only new senator, having won retiring Lt. Gov. Ramsey's open seat. Both the House and Senate Republican leadership elections will take place on November 17. In these races, Senate Finance Chairman Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) is expected to become the new Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee. House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) is facing a challenge from Rep. Jimmy Matlock (R-Lenoir City). Rep. Glen Casada (R-Franklin) and Rep. Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah) will be facing off for the open seat of House Majority Leader. Rep. Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) is currently running unopposed for House Republican Caucus Chair.

The Tennessee delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives also remains unchanged, with Republican David Kustoff, winner of a hard fought 13-way primary, replacing outgoing Republican U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher. As expected, Tennessee gave its 11 electoral votes to Donald Trump.

The 110th General Assembly will convene on January 10, 2017. The announcement of committee assignments and chairmanships will follow.

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