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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: How Secret Are "Secret Conversations" on Facebook?

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October 7, 2016

Facebook announced this week the new "Secret Conversations" feature available in its Messenger mobile app similar to Google's Allo. Testing of "Secret Conversations" began this summer. According to Facebook, the feature ensures that only the users in a chat can see the conversations because of end-to-end encryption. Users can also select when messages expire. Facebook will benefit from the enhanced security it promotes that the feature provides and the comfort users feel using it.

But given what we know about the ease of access to supposedly secure information and using personal information generated from our use of social media, it is prudent to ask how secret is the information exchanged in "Secret Conversations."  But, beyond concerns of how secure the messages themselves are from being subject to a hack, Facebook will probably use and provide the personal information in them for marketing purposes. Facebook also records and stores metadata on calls and messages that could reveal personal information, such as location of use, phone numbers, contacts etc. 

Regardless of the level of privacy and security we expect in our social media communications, it is best to review evaluations from reliable sources about features like "Secret Conversations" and similar products that are available to meet our expectations. For example, Signal created by Open Whisper Systems has received positive reviews because it stores minimum information about its users.

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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