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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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Bass, Berry & Sims Announces Three New Members

February 6, 2012

Nashville, Tenn., (February 6, 2012) - Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that Stephen J. Jasper, Blaine H. Smith and Russell E. Stair have been elected to membership in the firm.

"These three attorneys are very deserving of their election to membership in the firm. We congratulate them on this accomplishment, as well as on the outstanding client service they consistently provide," says Keith Simmons, the firm’s managing partner.

Stephen J. Jasper (Nashville) Jasper focuses his practice on state and local tax litigation, advocating on behalf of his clients to resolve disputes or potential disputes with the Tennessee Department of Revenue and local taxing authorities. Prior to joining the firm, Jasper produced the evening newscast for Columbia, Missouri ABC affiliate KMIZ-ABC 17. Jasper received his J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Missouri.

Blaine H. Smith (Nashville) Smith's practice includes high-end sophisticated estate planning, estate administration and probate litigation. Smith graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in accounting. He received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Russell E. Stair (Knoxville) Stair's practice focuses on bankruptcy and litigation with an emphasis in commercial litigation, business disputes, financial products and broker-dealer litigation, and corporate and securities litigation. Stair was a former intern with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Boston and practiced for two years as a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young, LLP in Nashville prior to attending law school. He received a B.S. and M.A. from the University of Tennessee before receiving his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is a professional limited liability company rather than a partnership. Professional limited liability companies have 'members' instead of 'partners.'

About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
With more than 200 attorneys representing numerous publicly traded companies and Fortune 500 businesses, Bass, Berry & Sims has been involved in some of the largest and most significant litigation matters and business transactions in the country. For more information, visit www.bassberry.com.


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