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Due to inclement weather conditions, the Raleigh office will be closed today, Jan. 21, 2022.

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February 15, 2022

FinTech and Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs)

Continuing the FinTech University series, join chair of Nelson Mullins FinTech and Regulation Practice and moderator, Richard Levin, and attorneys Jon Talcott, Andy Tucker, and Peter Strand for this one-hour session, "FinTech and SPACs." Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit will be sought for all attorneys requesting. Certificates of attendance are available upon request for CPE purposes. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

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Winter 2021

This Message Will Self-Destruct in Five Seconds: Ephemeral Messaging and the NC Rules of Professional Conduct

By Joshua Walthall

NC Bar Journal

What are ephemeral messaging apps? An ephemeral messaging app is a communication platform that allows one user to send to another user an electronic message, not unlike an email or text message, that will automatically disappear directly after the recipient views it. Ephemeral messaging apps “are now widely available on a host of platforms, including enterprise software such as Slack or DingTalk. Although each application is slightly different, they all incorporate some type of trigger that automatically deletes messages shortly after viewing and prevents users from editing, copying, forwarding, or printing the messages.” Such apps are lauded by “privacy advocates” and are becoming increasingly available, especially in the context of litigants and those subject to discovery: “Time limited messaging, after all, can stifle the best laid e-discovery plans or the most thoroughly conducted investigation. And they’re not going away anytime soon. Once only the focus of a handful of messaging apps, ephemeral messages are now being offered by widely used services like Gmail and Facebook.”