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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: Beware Browser Autofill

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January 13, 2017

The ingenuity of determined fraudsters should never be underestimated. Gizmodo, a technology website, reports on a simple scheme where hackers capture your sensitive information merely by hijacking the autofill features found in the Chrome and Safari browsers (as opposed to information saved in actual websites like the iTunes store, PayPal or Google Play). As you may have noticed, by default the Chrome browser will autofill certain text boxes when you access even legitimate websites that ask for information. The trick to the current scheme is that the bad guy can create a website to mimic a legitimate one, and then hide certain of the text boxes. Merely filling out the (fake) form on that site (accessed through the Chrome browser) with your name could auto-populate unseen text boxes with whatever sensitive information was previously stored by Chrome. A seven second video in 1/10/17 Gizmodo article demonstrates how easy this trick is accomplished.

What to do? As Gizmodo recommends, disable the autofill feature of a browser (or at least that of Chrome and Safari). Thirty seconds of inconvenience far outweighs months of headaches and heartaches.

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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