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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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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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Retirement Plan Consolidation for Manufacturing Company

Client Type: Public Company

We represented a publically-traded manufacturing company in the consolidation of three pension plans and three 401(k) plans following its $1.4 billion acquisition of another company. The plans had combined assets in excess of $2 billion, each with different benefit formulas and service providers. We ran two separate RFP processes designed to harmonize retirement benefits between the two companies. We collected and evaluated potential vendors, negotiated all service agreements with the new vendor, terminated the existing service providers, engaged a new investment advisor and an investment transfer fiduciary to oversee the investment migration, and established new trusts and plan documents as well as governance documents needed for the prudent discharge of duties by the plan's fiduciaries. The RFP processes have resulted in a dramatic improvement in the quality of services provided and are expected to save our client approximately $6.5 million over a two year period.

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