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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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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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The Bridge from Compliance Violations to Criminal Investigations: Explaining the Implications of the FBI's Probe into the NCAA's Black Market for Talent


December 1, 2017

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Tim Browne will serve as a panelist at the annual Nashville Bar Association (NBA) Entertainment, Sports & Media Law Institute. Tim will speak on a panel titled, "The Bridge from Compliance Violations to Criminal Investigations: Explaining the Implications of the FBI's Probe into the NCAA's Black Market for Talent." The panel will examine the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) probe that revealed fraud, bribery and corruption in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball and its implications for other sports and amateurism generally. The parties involved are alleged to have conspired in a number of actions, raising many questions. Questions considered by this panel include:

  • Why is the FBI involved? Did the NCAA request FBI assistance?
  • Why is basketball the target (or the first target)?
  • Why are assistant coaches and not head coaches facing charges?
  • What does this mean for other sports?
  • What does this mean for amateurism?

The event will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. CST at the CMA Conference Room. Tim's panel will be held 2:50 - 4:20 p.m. The program has been approved for 5 hours of General Tennessee CLE credit hours and 1 hour of ethics credit. For more information and registration, visit the NBA website.

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