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In June 2016, AmSurg Corp. and Envision Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (Envision) announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction. Upon completion of the merger, which is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both organizations, the combined company will be named Envision Healthcare Corporation and co-headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and Greenwood Village, Colorado. The company's common stock is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol: EVHC. Bass, Berry & Sims served as lead counsel on the transaction, led by Jim Jenkins. Read more.

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Inside the FCA blogInside the FCA blog features ongoing updates related to the False Claims Act (FCA), including insight on the latest legal decisions, regulatory developments and FCA settlements. The blog provides timely updates for corporate boards, directors, compliance managers, general counsel and other parties interested in the organizational impact and legal developments stemming from issues potentially giving rise to FCA liability.

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Privacy Perils: Déjà Vu All Over Again

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September 9, 2016

In prior Privacy Perils (dated March 25, 2016, and November 13, 2015) and a client alert (dated February 4, 2015) we warned about the phishing scheme in which an email sender impersonates an actual person, usually a member of company or firm management. The bad actor requests funds be transferred to an account, typically represented to be that of a client or customer which would not seem facially inappropriate. Of course, the account is not that of the client or customer, but one controlled by the phisherman (or phisherwoman). This simplistic scheme has been so widely reported that by now you would think businesses, especially large and sophisticated ones, would be sufficiently educated about and mindful of the risk. Think again. Last week, because the email appeared to come from a top company executive in the German home office, a factory CFO for one of Europe's largest manufacturer of electrical cables and wires fell victim to this scheme and transferred overnight €40 million (~$44.7 million) to a fraudster's account. The shares of the company reportedly fell 5-7 % because of the loss.

Remember, before complying with any email request to transfer money (the company's or your own), always carefully check the email address of the sender before responding (i.e., "," not ""), and, most importantly, pick up the phone and call the purported sender to confirm the transfer request. A short delay in sending money always beats giving it away.

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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