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The M&A Advisor Winner 2017The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 16th Annual M&A Advisor Awards on Monday, November 13 at the 2017 M&A Advisor Awards. Bass, Berry & Sims was named a winner in the two categories related to the following deals:

M&A Deal of the Year (from $1B-$5B) – Acquisition of CLARCOR Inc. by Parker Hannifin Corporation

Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year (over $1B) – Acquisition of BNC Bancorp by Pinnacle Financial Partners

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Regulation A+

It seems that lately there has been a noticeable uptick in Regulation A+ activity, including several recent Reg A+ securities offerings where the stock now successfully trades on national exchanges. In light of this activity, we have published a set of FAQs about Regulation A+ securities offerings to help companies better understand this "mini-IPO" offering process, as well as pros and cons compared to a traditional underwritten IPO.

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OCC: Cybersecurity Top Supervisory Priority

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August 20, 2015

Consistent with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's (OCC) Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014 that listed cybersecurity as a major risk to banks' safety and soundness, the OCC's Semiannual Risk Perspective for Spring 2015 also identified cybersecurity as a supervisory priority for its examinations. In the 2015 report, the OCC highlighted the importance of an "increased focus of cybersecurity at third-party technology service providers" by its examiners.

OCC regulations presently provide that regulated financial institutions must exercise appropriate and effective oversight of their service providers. Banks cannot avoid cybersecurity compliance by outsourcing various operations to technology providers. The OCC concludes that banks must require their technology providers to maintain appropriate cybersecurity programs designed to detect and respond to cyber-attacks to avoid risk.

Further, OCC guidelines state that banks can require service providers, by contract, to have policies and procedures that will detect cyber-attacks consistent with those required of the banks themselves. Given the difficulty that banks historically have had in including such terms in contracts with providers, banks are facing a perplexing problem of how they can satisfy themselves and the OCC's cybersecurity requirements.

If you have any questions about the content of this Alert, please contact one of the authors listed above or any member of our Data Security & Privacy team.


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