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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: Strong Passwords IV: The Phrase Awakens

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May 19, 2017

Previous Tips have warned of the use of easily-guessed passwords, and have provided suggested methods to strengthen them, including use of: 

  1. different passwords for different sites and applications
  2. special characters (e.g., "@", "#", "&")
  3. irregular caPitaliZatiOn
  4. a looooooooooooooonger word

The typical eight character minimum is no longer suggested or best practice, as they are easily cracked by a "brute force" attack. Using at least twelve, and perhaps fourteen, characters, is much preferable. Also, stay away from dictionary words which are more easily cracked. The problem, of course, is that the longer and odder the password, the more likely it will be forgotten. One method to address this is by using a password manager or locker such as LastPass, Password Safe, SplashID or Norton Identity Safe, which requires you to memorize only one complex password.

One of the most commonly-recommended, and effective, password suggestions is to pick a phrase that only you would know and only you would remember, then convert it to letters, numbers and symbols, such as 2BontBtit?WS (To be or not to be that is the question William Shakespeare). Or better yet, the use the phrase backwards.

Hackers are smart, persistent, and dedicated, but no match for conscientious 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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