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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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Dismissal of Multiple Plaintiff Products Liability Class Action

Client Type: Public Company

We successfully moved to dismiss a multiple plaintiff class action alleging that our client had engaged in deceptive trade practices and negligently designed and manufactured HVAC systems with defective copper coils. The plaintiffs sought certification of a nationwide class action as well as Tennessee, Texas, Florida and Georgia class actions for thousands of plaintiffs. Following extensive briefing by our team in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Chief Judge Kevin Sharp entered an order completely dismissing the multiple plaintiff class action lawsuit. Judge Sharp agreed with our arguments on lack of personal jurisdiction over our client regarding the out-of-state plaintiffs, and dismissed all remaining claims on statute of limitations grounds.

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