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In June 2017, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNFP) closed a $1.9 billion merger with BNC Bancorp (NASDAQ: BNCN) pursuant to which BNC merged with and into Pinnacle. With the completion of the transaction, Pinnacle becomes a Top 50 U.S. Bank. The merger will create a four state footprint concentrated in 12 of the largest urban markets in the Southeast. 

Bass, Berry & Sims has served Pinnacle as primary corporate and securities counsel for more than 15 years and served as counsel on the transaction. Our attorneys were involved in all aspects related to the agreement, including tax, employee benefits and litigation. 

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Regulation A+

It seems that lately there has been a noticeable uptick in Regulation A+ activity, including several recent Reg A+ securities offerings where the stock now successfully trades on national exchanges. In light of this activity, we have published a set of FAQs about Regulation A+ securities offerings to help companies better understand this "mini-IPO" offering process, as well as pros and cons compared to a traditional underwritten IPO.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affinity Group

◦Silver level sponsor for the 2017 HRC Nashville Equality DinnerOur affinity groups play a key role in the firm's ongoing efforts regarding diversity and inclusion in the areas of leadership, culture, advancement, recruiting and communication. Our affinity groups bring their unique perspectives to the firm's ongoing efforts to understand the particular challenges faced by the group members as well as appreciate the positive contributions made by the group members.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affinity Group at Bass, Berry & Sims raises awareness and visibility within the firm of the firm's commitment to be welcoming in all forms of diversity, including sexual orientation and gender identity. Membership in our LGBT Affinity Group is open to all Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys and staff. Members support each other and provide a voice to the firm to ensure that Bass, Berry & Sims is a welcoming workplace for all and that the legal community, law students and our communities see Bass, Berry & Sims as a model of inclusiveness. Our LGBT group is led by Claire Miley and David Smith.

The firm will participate in the 2018 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. The Index is the national benchmarking tool regarding corporate policies and practices pertaining to LGBT employees.

Goals of the LGBT Affinity Group

  • Sharing and addressing areas of concern regarding LGBT diversity at Bass, Berry & Sims.
  • Monitoring the firm's policies and practices as they relate to LGBT attorneys.
  • Providing mentoring and networking opportunities for LGBT attorneys in the firm and to law students at nearby schools.
  • Supporting and participating in community organizations that advocate for LGBT equality and diversity in the legal profession.

Nashville Predators vs. Colorado AvalanchePrograms and Activities of the LGBT Affinity Group

  • Holding regular affinity group meetings at the firm.
  • Enjoying affinity group events outside the firm (e.g., holiday dinner, Predator's Pride Game).
    • Attended the Nashville Predators Annual Pride Night hosted by the LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Providing perspective to the recruiting and diversity operating committees of the firm by having a representative of the group on each of these committees.
    • Hosted students from Vanderbilt University Law School's OutLaw group for a dinner of mentoring and conversation
  • Sponsoring and participating in activities of the Stonewall Bar Association of Tennessee, the Human Rights Campaign, the Tennessee Equality Project, the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the Oasis Center's Just Us program, and Nashville in Harmony.
    • Silver level sponsor for the 2017 HRC Nashville Equality Dinner
    • Financially supported the LGBTQ Youth Summit hosted by the Students of Stonewall
    • Attended the Just Us — Corporate Collaborative Meeting held at the Oasis Center
    • Attended LGBT Chamber 2017 Excellence in Business Awards
  • Representing the firm at the annual National LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair.

Leaders of the LGBT Affinity Group

Claire Miley headshot  

Claire Miley
Member, Co-chair

David Smith headshot

David Smith
Counsel, Co-chair

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Lauren Gaffney

Mitchell James headshot   

Mitchell James

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Taylor Wirth


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