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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: Strong Passwords IV: The Phrase Awakens

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May 19, 2017

Previous Tips have warned of the use of easily-guessed passwords, and have provided suggested methods to strengthen them, including use of: 

  1. different passwords for different sites and applications
  2. special characters (e.g., "@", "#", "&")
  3. irregular caPitaliZatiOn
  4. a looooooooooooooonger word

The typical eight character minimum is no longer suggested or best practice, as they are easily cracked by a "brute force" attack. Using at least twelve, and perhaps fourteen, characters, is much preferable. Also, stay away from dictionary words which are more easily cracked. The problem, of course, is that the longer and odder the password, the more likely it will be forgotten. One method to address this is by using a password manager or locker such as LastPass, Password Safe, SplashID or Norton Identity Safe, which requires you to memorize only one complex password.

One of the most commonly-recommended, and effective, password suggestions is to pick a phrase that only you would know and only you would remember, then convert it to letters, numbers and symbols, such as 2BontBtit?WS (To be or not to be that is the question William Shakespeare). Or better yet, the use the phrase backwards.

Hackers are smart, persistent, and dedicated, but no match for conscientious users.

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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