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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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Summer Program FAQs

Hiring for the Summer Associate Program

Q: What are the dates of the 2018 summer associate program?

A: We currently have a second-half only program that is scheduled to run from June 25, 2018 through August 3, 2018.

Q: How many summer associates does your firm expect to hire each year?

A: The size of our summer associate program is based on our projected need for new attorneys. Over the past few years, the size of our summer associate program has remained fairly consistent. For the past three years we have averaged 23 in our summer class and in 2017 we had a slightly larger class of 27.

Q: What criteria do you look for when hiring summer associates?

A: We hire only summer associates who show the potential to be excellent attorneys. We seek well-rounded and highly motivated individuals with excellent interpersonal skills, strong academic achievement, strong work ethic and the desire to work in a team environment.


Summer Associate Program at a Glance

Q: What kind of training can I expect to receive from your Summer Associate Program?

A: Our goal is to give summer associates a realistic impression of what it would be like to work at Bass, Berry & Sims. As a result, summer associates have many opportunities to observe the attorneys as well as participate in client meetings, depositions, conference calls, hearings, trials and closings. In addition, a summer associate gets hands-on experience by drafting documents, preparing motions, etc. We also emphasize constructive feedback as part of our summer program so that progress may be noted through the course of the program.

Q: Will I have a mentor as a summer associate?

A: Yes. Each summer associate is assigned both a partner mentor, who serves as an advisor on firm questions and long-term goals, and an associate mentor. The associate mentor oversees the summer associate's work assignments and serves as an integral part of acclimating the summer associate into our firm.

Q: How is work distributed and what types of assignments can I expect to receive as a summer associate?

A: The work assignment process is managed by the associate mentor. Summer associates are asked to list any practice preferences and are given the opportunity to choose assignments that match his or her interests. Summer associates are given substantive assignments that are typical of assignments actually given to our associates.

Q: What if I am interested in multiple practice areas and do not know which area I would prefer?

A: The work assignment process, with the assistance of your attorney mentors, will allow you to receive assignments from a variety of practice areas if you so choose. Throughout the summer, some practice groups host luncheons or other activities that will provide the summer associate with an overview of that practice area. Summer associates are encouraged to get to know and work with as many attorneys from the various practice areas as is possible during the summer program.

Q: How many billable and non-billable hours will I need to complete as a summer associate?

A: Summer associates are not expected to meet a minimum amount of billable or non-billable hours. However, assignments given to summer associates are reflective of the work given to our associates. Our full-time associates typically bill between 1,850 and 2,050 hours annually. We also expect all of our attorneys to be involved in non-billable activities, such as pro bono matters, bar related activities, recruiting, attorney development and continuing education.

Q: What salary can I expect to make as a summer associate?

A: The summer associate salary in our Nashville office is currently $2,125 per week for 2L students and $1,750 per week for 1L students. The summer associate salary for 2L students in our Memphis and Knoxville offices is $1,950 per week for 2L students and $1,600 per week for 1L students. 

The summer associate salary in our Washington, D.C. office is currently $2,800 per week for 2L students and $2,300 per week for 1L students.

Q: What is the dress code at Bass, Berry & Sims?

A: Our firm maintains a business casual dress code year round.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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