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Privacy Due Diligence In A Merger Or Acquisition: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

The FTC can hold an acquirer responsible for the bad data privacy practices of a company that it acquires. Evaluating a target’s data privacy practices, however, can be daunting and complicated by the fact that many “data”...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April, 2017 #5

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: WilmerHale’s 2017 Corporate Reports - Sometimes it’s easier to just look at the numbers. WilmerHale’s annual IPO, Venture Capital and M&A Reports offer rare...more

"The Emerging Need for Cybersecurity Diligence in M&A"

Cybercrime has emerged as one of the foremost threats a company faces. As a result of a few keystrokes, a company may find its customers’ data sold on the dark web, its intellectual property in the hands of a competitor or...more

Three Lessons All Companies Can Learn from the Data Breaches that Cost Yahoo $350 Million

Yahoo Inc. recently disclosed three massive data breaches, which compromised the personal information of 1.5 billion users and cost Yahoo $350 million in its acquisition by Verizon Communications Inc. Additionally, the...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - March 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Executive Compensation Developments - The general counsel should anticipate questions from the board and its executive compensation committee from recent media coverage of executive compensation (especially in the...more

Deals and Data: Cybersecurity M&A Due Diligence

Cybersecurity due diligence is quickly becoming part of standard best practices in Merger & Acquisition (“M&A”) deals. Traditionally, the primary goal of due diligence is to investigate the target of a merger or acquisition...more

Looking Ahead: Top Issues Impacting the Tech Industry in 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As technology continues to reshape how business gets done and the way people live their lives, there are many reasons to be excited about the tech industry’s prospects heading into 2017. The more than 300 executives,...more

Accountants M&A Alert: New AICPA Guidance on Transfer of Client Files

by Wilson Elser on

If you are selling or acquiring an accounting practice, you need to read the AICPA’s new guidance “Transfer of Files and Return of Client Records in Sale, Transfer, Discontinuance or Acquisition of a Practice,” which...more

Blog: Cybersecurity Diligence in M&A Transactions: Lessons from Verizon/Yahoo!

by Cooley LLP on

Recently, in the midst of an M&A transaction involving Verizon and Yahoo!, news broke of a Yahoo! cybersecurity breach that had occurred approximately two years earlier. This event raised a lot of speculation around what...more

Brexit: CHECKLIST

by Locke Lord LLP on

Following the UK Brexit referendum businesses will now find themselves assessing their future. Below is a checklist designed to raise some important questions that should be considered in order to assess potential risks and...more

Yahoo Breach and Data/Information Security

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

The massive breach of accounts at Yahoo revealed on September 22, 2016, brings several thoughts to mind: The purchase of Yahoo by Verizon Wireless has not yet closed. Any companies undergoing diligence on the M&A front...more

New EU Data Protection Rules Move the M&A Goalposts

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

After over four years of debate, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recently came into force, taking effect after a two year transition period, i.e. from 25 May 2018. The GDPR introduces a rigorous and far-reaching...more

Unfair and Unbalanced-the Victimization Episode

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode Roy Snell and I discuss: Victimization and the value of personal responsibility; Standing up for your principles; The idea that you can make your sales goals without breaking the law; Roy translates wink...more

A Guide to Doing Business in Italy

by K&L Gates LLP on

Italy is renowned for its rich art, cuisine, history, fashion, and culture; its beautiful coastline and beaches; its mountains; and priceless ancient monuments. In fact, Italy is a top tourist destination and has more World...more

Data Privacy Due Diligence: Questions to Consider in a Merger or Acquisition

by Bryan Cave on

The FTC can hold an acquirer responsible for the bad data security and privacy practices of a company that they acquire. Evaluating a potential target’s data privacy and security practices, however, can be daunting and...more

M&A, Cybersecurity Identified as Top Areas for Healthcare General Counsels

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A September 2015 Consero survey of general counsels (GCs) from mid-size to large U.S. hospital and health systems provides some interesting insight into the top issues facing legal departments....more

Legal Issues Business Leaders Need to Know in 2016

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

A compilation of time-sensitive and trending legal and regulatory issues that general counsels and business leaders should be aware of in 2016. ...more

Tackling Cybersecurity in the Boardroom: Special M&A Considerations

During Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s most recent cybersecurity event, “Tackling Cybersecurity in the Boardroom,” hosted on November 12, 2015, our panels discussed a number of issues facing directors....more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2015 #2

by Goodwin on

Regulatory Developments: CFTC and NFA Staff Publish FAQs and Other Resources for Filing and Reporting on Forms CPO-PQR and CTA-PR - On Nov. 5 the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight of the CFTC...more

Fines Issued for Transfer of Customer Data in an M&A Asset Deal

Recent enforcement actions by the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (DPA) [Bayerisches Landesamt für Datenschutzaufsicht] highlight the importance of severe restrictions placed on the transfer of such data, even in the...more

Customer Data in Corporate Sales - A Privacy Issue: German Privacy Watchdog Fines Seller and Purchaser for Personal Data Transfer

by Reed Smith on

In a press release on 30 July 2015, the Bavarian data protection authority (DPA) announced that it had recently fined both seller and purchaser for unlawfully transferring customer data as part of an asset...more

Data Privacy and Security Considerations in M&A Transactions

by McGuireWoods LLP on

By some estimates, cybercrime costs the global economy $445 billion annually. If cybercrime were a single country, this dollar amount would place it within the world’s top 30 countries in terms of gross domestic product, and...more

Effective cybersecurity: 8 questions for you and your team

by DLA Piper on

Cybersecurity has become a top-tier risk for US and multinational organizations. It is only a matter of time before a determined hacker will penetrate your organization’s system and successfully exfiltrate some data. (Indeed,...more

Court Urges Business Transaction Exemption for PIPEDA

by Dentons on

One business wants to buy the assets of another business. Assume that the consent obtained to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information from the customers of the seller did not include consent to disclose...more

Data protection: How To Seal The Deal

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Ann Bevitt of Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP examines the data protection issues facing both sellers and buyers during the course of a business or share sale. The recent introduction of fines of up to £500,000 for serious...more

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