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Venture Briefing: Protecting a Business Through Effective Data Breach Response

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M&A Deal Volume Reached $308.3B So Far in 2015, Up 8% Over Year
U.S. announced deal volume reached $308.3 billion this year through March 13, up eight percent from the same period last year, according to Dealogic. Only twice has U.S. mergers-and-acquisitions activity gotten off to a stronger start.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2015-03-15) Read the full article
Good Year Predicted for 2015 Initial Public Offerings
It will be tough for initial public offerings to top 2014. But while 2015 may not reach last year's record heights, it shouldn't do too badly, either, particularly if rumored deals for such high-profile companies such as Uber and Airbnb come to pass.
(Source: CBS News, 2015-03-06) Read the full article
Tax Code Fosters Loss of U.S. Businesses Through M&A, Study Finds
The American tax code has spurred a rash of foreign takeovers of U.S. companies, according to a new study released by a prominent business lobby. The study released by the Business Roundtable asserted that the U.S. has lost $179 billion in assets over the last decade on mergers and acquisitions, at least in part because of its comparatively high corporate tax rate of 35 percent.
(Source: The Hill, 2015-03-11) Read the full article
Health Systems Try New Methods to Raise Venture Capital
A few academic medical centers, physician networks and health plans are thinking differently about venture capital by coming up with new ways to spark health care entrepreneurship. For example, one health system, instead of hearing product pitches from vendors, is gathering entrepreneurs together to sell them on the idea of building a specific platform to meet its needs, while another is holding "office hours" to allow medical students, residents, nurses or administration staff from any organization to come and talk with hospital admins about ideas for improving the system.
(Source: Healthcare Finance News, 2015-03-16) Read the full article
Biotech Investment Change Could Result in Lack of Innovation
Investors have been overlooking cutting-edge medicine in favor of less risky consumer apps -- forcing researchers to use venture money carefully and creatively as they work to create a pipeline of future medicines. Over the past five years, investor money is increasingly moving toward consumer software and later-stage life science ventures.
(Source: CNBC, 2015-03-13) Read the full article
P.E. Firms Lend to Small Investors Interested in Buying Property
In the aftermath of the financial crisis, large private equity firms spent tens of billions of dollars buying foreclosed homes across the United States to operate them as rental properties. Now some of those same firms are providing loans to smaller investors seeking to do much the same.
(Source: The New York Times, 2015-03-03) Read the full article
Cybercriminals Targeting Businesses' Domain Names
Cybercriminals targeting businesses are stealing more than customer passwords and credit-card numbers these days. Some are misappropriating the very Web addresses -- or domain names -- of the businesses themselves.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2015-03-11) Read the full article
Protecting a Business Through Effective Data Breach Response
Siddharth “Sid” Bose Stephen E. Reynolds

Public announcements of major data breaches have become an almost daily occurrence. Last year was notorious for data breaches and 2015 has begun with major data breaches continuing to make headlines. Without a doubt, a data breach can be devastating to a business. Read full article online.


By The Numbers

M&A activity in the U.S. and Europe was up by both counts and value in 2014. In all, 17,357 transactions were finalized last year, a 12 percent increase over the 15,453 deals made in 2013.
Source: PitchBook – 1Q 2015 Annual M&A Report


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