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Brandon N. Robinson Authored Article for Corporate Counsel Regarding Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A Transactions

Brandon N. Robinson, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and member of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Practice, authored an article for Corporate Counsel on Oct. 3, 2016, discussing how the recent Yahoo data breach, announced in the midst of Yahoo’s planned acquisition of its core business to Verizon for $4.8 billion. In the article, Brandon discusses tips for buyers to help evaluate a target company’s cybersecurity and privacy risk and its impact on valuation, the added value to potential seller companies of conducting a thorough cybersecurity and privacy risk assessment prior to negotiations to demonstrate added value, and the importance of carefully assessing the representations and warranties negotiated as part of the purchase agreement. Finally, he discusses how parties can prevent a discovered cybersecurity risk from derailing the overall M&A transaction.