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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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HCA: From Public Company to Private Company, and Back Again

Client Type: Public Company

In 2006, we represented HCA Inc. in its $33 billion going-private recapitalization transaction with affiliates of Bain Capital, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity. This was the largest domestic leveraged buyout in history at the time.

In March 2011, we represented HCA Holdings, Inc. in the largest private-equity backed initial public offering (IPO) in U.S. history at that time. The shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 10. Following the IPO, HCA remained controlled by a private investor group comprised of affiliates of, or funds sponsored by, Bain Capital Partners LLC, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., BAML Capital Partners, Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corporation and HCA founder, Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr.

We continue to provide corporate and securities as well as healthcare regulatory advice to HCA.

HCA Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HCA) owns and operates hospitals and freestanding surgery centers in the U.S. and in London, England.

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