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Envision to Sell to KKR for $9.9 Billion

We represented Envision Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: EVHC) in its definitive agreement to sell to KKR in an all-cash transaction for $9.9 billion, including debt. KKR will pay $46 per Envision share in cash to buy the company, marking a 32 percent premium to the company's volume-weighted average share price from November 1, when Envision announced it was considering its options. The transaction is expected to close the fourth quarter of 2018. Read more


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Six Things to Know Before Buying a Physician Practice spotlight

Dermatology, ophthalmology, radiology, urology…the list goes on. Yet, in any physician practice management transaction, there are six key considerations that apply and, if not carefully managed, can derail a transaction. Download the 6 Things to Know Before Buying a Physician Practice to keep your physician practice management transactions on track.

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Senate Approves Legislation to Encourage Disclosure of Online Threats Despite Opposition

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October 28, 2015

On October 27, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) (S. 754) by a 74-21 vote. This legislation is intended to prevent cyberattacks by encouraging companies to share information related to cyber threats with other companies as well as the federal government. As discussed in a previous update, the U.S. House of Representatives passed similar legislation in April. Lawmakers from the Senate and the House now will work in conference in the coming weeks to consolidate the bills before presenting to President Obama for his signature.

Though the White House and supporters such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Bankers Association favor this legislation, several high-tech firms, industry trade groups and privacy advocates have cautioned against the bill. Most notably, high-profile tech companies such as Apple, Dropbox, Twitter, Reddit and Yelp believe the bill will allow the federal government to conduct surveillance on their users' private information. Though CISA co-sponsors Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have said that the bill includes provisions to protect customer data, opponents of CISA believe it is fundamentally flawed and offers little benefits, if any. It is unclear how Congress will reconcile these pending measures, though privacy advocates hope for stronger limitations on the usage of information by the federal government.

Bass, Berry & Sims will continue to monitor and provide updates as we track cybersecurity legislation. If you have questions regarding the potential effects of this legislation, or any other cybersecurity concerns related to your organization, please contact an attorney on our Data Security & Privacy Team.


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