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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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Hotel Indigo Acquisition and Financing

Client Type: Public Company

We represented hotel investors in the purchase of the Downtown Indigo Hotel in Nashville, TN out of bankruptcy, which involved drafting the purchase agreement utilized in the court approval process, counseling and working through a number of title issues and negotiating the lease agreement with a tenant in the building housing the hotel. We also led the negotiation and closing of the follow on refinancing of the hotel and its renovation with a $12 million term loan and additional mezzanine loan.  Our engagement included negotiating the LLC Agreement with a joint venture partner, structuring the entity reorganization to facilitate resolution of intercreditor issues and working with the mezzanine lender’s counsel to resolve license and comfort letter issues.  

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