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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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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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J. Alexander's Acquires 99 Restaurants, Sells to Fidelity National Financial Ventures, LLC

Client Type: Public Company

We represented J. Alexander's Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: JAX) in the definitive agreement to acquire 99 Restaurants, LLC in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $199 million, including the assumption of $20 million in net debt. At closing, J. Alexander's will acquire ownership of 99 Restaurants via merger whereby 99 Restaurants will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of J. Alexander's Holdings, LLC.

As a result of the transaction, Fidelity National Financial Ventures and its subsidiary, Fidelity Newport Holdings will become majority owners of J. Alexanders. J. Alexander's will re-designate currently outstanding common stock as Class A common stock, which will continue to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

J. Alexander's, which was spun out of Fidelity National Financial Inc. in September 2015, operates a collection of boutique restaurants comprising J. Alexander's, Redlands Grill, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill and Lyndhurst Grill.

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