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The M&A Advisor Winner 2017The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 16th Annual M&A Advisor Awards on Monday, November 13 at the 2017 M&A Advisor Awards. Bass, Berry & Sims was named a winner in the two categories related to the following deals:

M&A Deal of the Year (from $1B-$5B) – Acquisition of CLARCOR Inc. by Parker Hannifin Corporation

Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year (over $1B) – Acquisition of BNC Bancorp by Pinnacle Financial Partners

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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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Victory in Appeal before Sixth Circuit in Alleged Identity Theft Case

Client Type: Individual

We represented, at the sentencing phase and on appeal, a local developer (David Miller) for alleged federal crimes committed in obtaining and renewing a business loan from a federally-insured bank. The case involved novel issues regarding the federal aggravated identity theft statute, particularly as it applies in certain white-collar contexts. Our firm did not try the case but represented the defendant at sentencing (where he was sentenced to 45 months imprisonment, far below the sentence recommended by the sentencing guidelines) and on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The case is significant because it involves important and novel questions regarding the federal aggravated identity theft statute - significant enough to be the subject of a front-page story in the National Law Journal in January 2013. In late 2013, the Sixth Circuit reversed three of the four counts of conviction, including the two counts of aggravated identity theft, based squarely on the arguments we had set forth. Re-sentencing remains pending.

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