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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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Attorney Spotlight: Fritz Richter

August 5, 2016

Fritz Richter1. Tell us about your practice.

My practice focuses on representing public and private companies, tax-exempt organizations and governmental entities in the area of employee benefits and compensation law. I work with clients on benefit plan and compensation program design, implementation and compliance. I also represent clients in connection with the Affordable Care Act and ERISA fiduciary planning and compliance. Advising clients on benefits and compensation issues in mergers and acquisitions is an important part of my practice. I am very active as an officer in the American Bar Association and other regional and national benefits focused organizations, which has been particularly valuable to me and beneficial to our clients.

2. Over the years, what major changes have you witnessed related to the practice of employee benefits law?

When I began practicing employee benefits law 30 years ago, the main focus was on qualified pension and 401(k) plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements and related tax matters. Over the years, the practice has evolved with much greater emphasis on health and welfare plans and ERISA fiduciary planning and compliance due to the exponential growth in government regulation of these areas.

3. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field?

Honestly, I don't really know. I just decided in first grade I wanted to be a lawyer and it stuck. I believe I thought TV and movie lawyers were "cool." I spent considerable time investigating what lawyers actually do and reached out to lawyers in our church and community for guidance and found that the practice of law was completely different than that portrayed by TV and film. It was better - a chance to make a modest difference.

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