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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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Defense of Dialysis Center Company in Discrimination and Retaliation Claim

Client Type: Nonprofit

We won summary judgment for a dialysis center company in a multiple-count lawsuit filed in New Jersey federal court. The plaintiff, a former clinic nurse, alleged race discrimination and retaliation under state and federal law against the company and her manager based upon her alleged mistreatment while employed and her termination within days of reporting her alleged mistreatment. The Court found that the company properly disciplined the plaintiff for failing to wear personal protective equipment while treating a patient as required by company policy. The Court held the plaintiff did not raise an inference of discrimination regarding her discipline through the nine co-workers proffered as comparators whom she claimed were treated more favorably under similar circumstances. As to the retaliation claim, the Court noted that the temporal proximity of her termination to her complaints was insufficient to establish retaliation because the termination resulted from her failure to show up for work or properly call in on the day of her termination. The Court found that the plaintiff could not raise a jury issue on these various claims, in part, because both the plaintiff's personal phone records and the clinic's phone records belied her assertion she attempted to provide notice of her absence in accordance with company policy.

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