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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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Our private equity attorneys have extensive experience in structuring complex private equity acquisitions and financings. During the last two years alone, we have served as counsel in more than 100 transactions across a variety of industries. Our private equity law practice is especially active in the middle-market, but we also have represented management groups, issuers and special committees in high-profile, multi-billion dollar transactions—for example, we represented Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in what at the time was the largest going private transaction in U.S. history.

The firm's private equity attorneys represent investors and portfolio companies in a range of industries including consumer, retail, restaurant, food and beverage, manufacturing, technology, media and healthcare and life sciences. In their research about our corporate practice, Chambers USA notes that the firm "[r]epresents a wealth of private equity firms and their portfolio companies. 'The firm's performance was outstanding. I'd put them up there with the big firms globally - some of the finest attorneys I've seen.'" (from Chambers USA 2015)

As the sixth largest healthcare law firm in the U.S., our experience in healthcare private equity transactions is particularly robust. We provide our healthcare private equity clients with a fully integrated range of services that includes an effective blend of transactional, regulatory and operational counsel.

As a result of the depth and breadth of our private equity experience and the extensive network we have established in the private equity community, we play an active role in introducing prospective portfolio companies and private equity firms.

Representative private equity services and experience:

  • Add on acquisitions
  • Due diligence and risk analysis
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Going private transactions
  • Sponsor-sponsor transactions
  • Leveraged dividends and recapitalizations
  • Minority interest transactions
  • Management team representation and executive compensation matters
  • Mezzanine and senior financings
  • Healthcare regulatory and operational counsel
  • Corporate/general counsel
  • Initial public offerings and exit transaction services and preparation


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