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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: Cheryl Palmeri

October 4, 2016

Palmeri Cheryl Spotlight 1. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field?

I worked as a social worker for three years following college. Every day in that job, I met children and families who were in crisis, and I was charged with putting services in place to help them. Time and time again, though, I felt hamstrung in what I could do for them unless and until the legal system intervened. No matter how much thought and work I put into a case, it was always our agency's lawyer who ultimately secured the resources and services that our clients needed. I decided that, to effectuate real change, I needed to understand and work from within our legal system. I applied to law school and haven't looked back.

2. What are current hot topics in the area of International Trade?

Cuba and Iran! The U.S. government has significantly scaled back its economic sanctions programs against both countries, and a lot of U.S. businesses are chomping at the bit to get into those markets. Despite the relaxation of restrictions, though, there are still a lot of legal and practical landmines to navigate. We get compliance questions related to both countries on almost a daily basis – and they are some of the most fun questions for us to field!

3. In 2015, you joined the firm as a lateral associate. Can you tell us about that transition and experience?

The transition was much easier than I expected. So much of our success as attorneys comes down to one thing: relationships. Obviously, it was daunting to think of leaving behind the connections that I had at my prior firm. After I made the move, though, it immediately became clear that I had not lost those connections; I had simply multiplied the number of remarkable lawyers with whom I get to interact every day. This firm is committed to integrity, camaraderie, and compassion in a way that I have never witnessed in any other workplace. And I feel fortunate to be a part of the BBS team.

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