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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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SEC MCDC Initiative - Deadline Extension


August 8, 2014

In June and July, we distributed information regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission's Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative (the "MCDC Initiative"). The MCDC Initiative provides issuers and underwriters the opportunity to self-report instances of material misstatements or omissions in bond offering documents regarding the issuer's prior compliance with its continuing disclosure obligations. On July 31, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") extended the deadline for issuers and obligors to self-report under the MCDC Initiative from September 9, 2014 to 5:00 p.m. EST on December 1, 2014. The deadline for underwriters to self-report remains September 9, 2014.

Issuers should consider discussing with their underwriters any potential reporting involving the issuer prior to the underwriters' deadline. The underwriters are dealing with enormous amounts of information and may not have accurately assessed every issuer's filing and disclosure history. A timely discussion between an issuer and its underwriter may avert an unnecessary filing. Immediately following the underwriters' deadline, issuers should contact their underwriters to identify any reported bond issues and the substance of any reports.

For more information regarding the SEC's July 31 announcement, including the SEC's implementation of a tiered approach to civil penalties for underwriters and a discussion by the SEC of its treatment of those who use good faith efforts to identify certain potential violations, please click here.

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