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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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Privacy Perils: Dynamic Password Banning – The End of "Letmein123!"

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June 3, 2016

Despite recommendations by IT professionals and requirements for "strong" passwords, people continue to compromise accounts and systems by using passwords that are easily guessed. And, as it turns out, evidence suggests that requirements for length, complexity and period expiration cause people to react in predicable ways that may actually make passwords easier to crack

To aid in that battle against bad passwords, Microsoft recently announced that it will start dynamically banning common passwords. To determine which passwords are the most common, Microsoft's Identity Protection team analyzes data from major breaches and the 10 million accounts attacked daily to generate the dynamically updated banned password list. Using that same data, Microsoft is also implementing a smart password lockout that locks your account when someone tries to use those common passwords – think "abcd1234!," "letmein" or "welcome" – to enter your account.

So the next time you try to reset your Xbox password and get the error message "Choose a password that's harder for people to guess," it means the days of using the go-to passwords on this list are over. You'll need something stronger than "passw0rd" going forward.

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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