M&A Needs Privacy Attys, Facebook's WhatsApp Buy Shows

Law360, New York (February 21, 2014, 9:36 PM EST) -- A German data protection official on Thursday ripped Facebook Inc.’s planned $19 billion acquisition of mobile-messaging service WhatsApp, highlighting the growing need for deal makers to tap privacy attorneys to consider the tricky data security issues that often draw regulatory scrutiny.

A day after Facebook announced it would fork over $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in stock and another $3 billion in shares down the line for venture-backed WhatsApp, the data authority of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein delivered a stinging warning that the blockbuster...
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