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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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CBS and NBC Successfully Defend Against College Athletes' Class Action

Client Type: Private Company

We represented CBS Broadcasting, Inc. and NBCUniversal, Inc. in an antitrust class action lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.  The case included 10 named plaintiffs and was filed on behalf of all current and former student athletes who have been part of an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision team, formerly known as Division 1, or an NCAA men's basketball team.  Plaintiffs claim that the ban on paying players for the use of their names, images and likenesses is a violation of antitrust, publicity, copyright and trademark laws.  In June 2015, Chief Judge Sharp granted our clients' motion to dismiss the class action. The Sixth Circuit later affirmed Judge Sharp’s dismissal of the case in August 2016. In addition to our clients, the 28 defendants included college athletic conferences, licensing entities and other broadcast networks.

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