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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: The Real Taxman Cometh

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April 15, 2016

As we near America's favorite Tax Day "holiday," which falls on April 18 this year, tax payers are reminded to be mindful of potential tax scams. Tax scams can come in multiple forms, including (1) filing fraudulent tax returns using another individual's information, (2) posing as an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent to solicit sensitive information from an individual or to demand payment of a fine, or (3) using viruses and other types of malicious code to obtain sensitive information. Ultimately, each of these scams attempts to defraud an individual of either money or sensitive information for illicit purposes. To avoid falling victim to one of these scams as the individual tax filing deadline approaches, consider these tips:

  • Be mindful of "spoofed" websites and/or emails that look official but are not. Be on the lookout for extra letters in words or strange characters in a URL or email address. Suspected scam emails can be forwarded to the IRS at, and additional information and reporting options can be obtained at For more information on phishing scams, please read our previous alert discussing an active hacker scheme that resulted in the release of employees' W-2 information. 
  • Do not be fooled by unsolicited phone calls – the IRS will never: (1) call to demand immediate payment, (2) demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount, (3) require you to use a specific payment method, (4) ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone, or (5) threaten to involve law enforcement groups.
  • If your telephone Caller ID indicates that an individual is an IRS agent, but you are not sure, ask for the agent's name. Then, hang up and call the IRS (or applicable state tax agency) using a phone number from the agency's official website (which should be a website associated with a .gov domain name) and request to speak to the agent.

The IRS shares information regarding recent tax scams on its website at, and individuals can report potential tax scams at Additionally, if you believe that you have been the victim of a tax scam, the Federal Trade Commission provides a helpful walkthrough for reporting the suspected identify theft and steps to recovery at

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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