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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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Brant Phillips and Shayne Clinton Provide Insight on Inferences of Scienter Relating to Control Person Liability in Thomson Reuters' News & Insight Securities Blog

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July 13, 2011

Bass, Berry & Sims' W. Brantley Phillips and Shayne R. Clinton offer their expert analysis of scienter under the Exchange Act in a Thomson Reuters News & Insight securities blog post titled, "The 6th Circuit Discusses Scienter under the Exchange Act, Joins Other Circuits for the 'Good Faith' Affirmative Defense in Control Person Liability." Discussing the recent decision by the Sixth Circuit in Frank v. Dana Corp., Mr. Phillips and Mr. Clinton explain how the court now joins other circuits in determining that plaintiffs do not have to plead facts showing bad faith to survive a motion to dismiss for control person liability.


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