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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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Securities Law Exchange BlogSecurities Law Exchange blog offers insight on the latest legal and regulatory developments affecting publicly traded companies. It focuses on a wide variety of topics including regulation and reporting updates, public company advisory topics, IPO readiness and exchange updates including IPO announcements, M&A trends and deal news.

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The State & Local Tax (SALT) Practice Group at Bass, Berry & Sims has earned a national reputation as the go-to firm for guidance on Tennessee state and local tax issues. Over the last five years, our SALT group has handled more than 70% of all filed cases related to state and local tax disputes. We have represented numerous Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, including General Electric Company, The Home Depot, Inc., Pfizer Inc., J.C. Penney Company, Inc., American Express, Sprint, and many others. The unique strength of our state and local tax attorneys is a product of deep technical knowledge combined with the experience and ardor of our advocacy and negotiation skills.

Our resources are available in either a principal or supplemental capacity. We are prepared to work closely with your staff, regular attorneys, accountants and other advisors in resolving your problems or in planning to minimize future state tax liabilities. We also are able to draw upon our many state contacts to assist you quickly and reasonably.

The State & Local Tax (SALT) Practice Group at Bass, Berry & Sims has earned a national reputation as the go-to firm for guidance on Tennessee state and local tax issues. Over the last five years, our SALT group has handled more than 70% of all filed cases related to state and local tax disputes. We have represented numerous Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, including General Electric Company, The Home Depot, Inc., Pfizer Inc., J.C. Penney Company, Inc., American Express, Sprint, and many others. The unique strength of our state and local tax attorneys is a product of deep technical knowledge combined with the experience and ardor of our advocacy and negotiation skills.

Our resources are available in either a principal or supplemental capacity. We are prepared to work closely with your staff, regular attorneys, accountants and other advisors in resolving your problems or in planning to minimize future state tax liabilities. We also are able to draw upon our many state contacts to assist you quickly and reasonably.

With offices located across the state of Tennessee, our state and local tax practice is uniquely positioned to advise and represent multi-state businesses on virtually any state and local tax matter, including structural and transactional planning, administrative and judicial resolution of controversies, negotiation of business incentives and legislative initiatives and lobbying. We help our clients navigate a variety of tax laws including:

  • Franchise and excise tax
  • Sales and use tax
  • Business tax
  • Property tax

Representative State & Local Tax Clients

General Electric Company, J.C. Penney Company, Inc., Taco Bell Company, The Limited and related entities, The Home Depot, Inc., Lowes Corporation, SouthTrust Bank, Kellogg Company, Kroger Company, W.R. Grace & Co., Square D Company, Equifax Corporation, Sherwin-Williams Company, Sodexho Marriott Management Company, American General Finance, Ryder Truck, Ticketmaster, Inc., Exel, Inc., Roche Laboratories, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer Inc., Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Sprint, York International, Nashua Corporation, Sara Lee Corp., Bank One, SMBC Capital Markets, Conagra, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Allegis Group, L'Oreal, H.J. Heinz, US Smokeless Tobacco Company, Luxottica Retail (Lenscrafters), University of Tennessee, Tate & Lyle Ingredients, Vivendi/Universal Studios, Illinois Tool Works, Vodafone, E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Co., Fifth Third Bank, Qualcomm Incorporated and others.

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      • Improper assessments
      • Prosecuting refund claims
      • Unitary combined reporting questions
      • Constitutional limitations on state taxation of interstate commerce
      • Application of sales and use taxes to a variety of software services
      • Handling of net operating losses
      • Proper application of the franchise and excise tax
  • + Planning

      • Review business operations
      • Legal entity structures
      • Reporting methods
      • Restructuring contemplated acquisitions
  • + Legislative & Lobbying

      • Monitoring of specific issues and legislative initiatives
      • Preparing legislative proposals
      • Drafting legislation
      • Communicating proposals to the legislative decision-makers
  • + Relocation

      • Establishing a regional or national headquarters
      • Expanding existing operations in the state
      • Working with local and state economic development personnel
      • Communicating with the Department of Revenue

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