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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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Thad McBride Comments on Changing U.S.-Cuba Relationship

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December 9, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Thad McBride, who heads the firm's international trade group, was quoted in The Wall Street Journal's Risk & Compliance Journal on the current state of the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba. Although it has been almost a year since the two countries agreed to normalize relations, business activity in Cuba is still limited for most U.S. companies because the embargo has yet to be lifted. As Thad points out in the article, "[t]here's been significant change for certain companies, and the road has been paved for other U.S. industries generally, but it hasn’t been lifted." Thad further suggests that, at the same time, the U.S. Department of Treasury may not be overly aggressive in its enforcement of the continuing embargo on Cuba. 

The full article, "The Morning Risk Report: U.S., Cuba Relations, A Year Later," was published in The Wall Street Journal's Risk & Compliance Journal on December 9, 2015 and is available online (subscription required).


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Pioneers of the New Frontier: Boeing and Airbus Cleared to Sell Aircraft to Iran
September 27, 2016

Key points:

  • Leading aircraft manufacturers obtain U.S. government authorization to sell planes to Iran.
  • Issuance of authorizations is notable but may be hard to duplicate in other industries.
  • Even if authorized, companies face practical challenges if pursuing business in Iran.

Boeing and Airbus have overcome another hurdle to tapping into the Iranian market. According to news reports, on September 21, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued licenses to both companies to sell aircraft into Iran. Boeing's license is said to authorize the sale of 80 planes; Airbus reportedly has been permitted to export 17 aircraft as part of a larger plan to sell 118 aircraft to Iran. (Although Airbus is a non-U.S. company, to the extent its aircraft contain more than a de minimis amount of U.S.-origin equipment, Airbus would need a specific authorization from OFAC.)

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Bass, Berry & Sims' Government Contracts & International Trade blog features news, commentary and insight on the demanding and ever-changing regulatory environment of contracting with federal, state and local governments, and international trade issues when conducting a global business.


 

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