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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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Town of Smyrna Fights Imposition of Hedging Charges

Client Type: Government

We are representing the Town of Smyrna, Tennessee against the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia (MGAG) due to MGAG's imposition of hedging charges that are costing the Town millions each year, despite the fact that the Town never authorized MGAG to initiate long-term hedges on its behalf. 

The Sixth Circuit recently ruled in favor of our client, affirming Judge Sharp's refusal to dismiss our case after MGAG moved for dismissal seven months into the case, claiming it was a sovereign of the State of Georgia under a then-recent decision in which the Georgia Supreme Court held that the Georgia Lottery Corp. is a sovereign. The Sixth Circuit stated that MGAG's argument "requires quite a stretch of the imagination." The case is still pending after having been stayed pending appeal.

Smyrna is a town in Rutherford County, Tennessee founded in 1855.

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