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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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Privacy Perils: Is Your Old Phone Free of Data?

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November 25, 2015

Are you selling your phone to upgrade to the latest and greatest? Be sure that all data on your old phone is fully and permanently deleted from the device before you sell it. A recent study by Blancco Technology Group and Kroll OnTrack analyzed 122 used phones and a startling 48 percent of them contained residual data from the previous owner. The researchers were even able to retrieve readable emails, call logs, texts, photos and videos from a full 35 percent of the supposedly wiped mobile devices. Researchers also found that 57 percent of the used mobile devices and 75 percent of used hard drives purchased from Amazon, eBay, and Gazelle have data left by unsuccessful deletion attempts. In short, if you think you've deleted all your information, there is a good chance that you have not; checking "delete all" and hitting return is not good enough.

Obviously, a failure to fully remove data and personal information from your old phone can have serious security consequences, particularly if the phone contained confidential or privileged client information. Before selling or abandoning your old phone, call our IT department. They have the technology and expertise to wipe off the data on the device. It's a simple and quick process that might prevent you and the firm from having a disastrous and expensive security breach.

Privacy Perils imageCheck out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.

 


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