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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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John Kelly Comments on an Investigation of a Whistleblower's Bribe Allegations Against Large Oil Companies for The Wall Street Journal

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June 6, 2012
Bass, Berry & Sims' FCPA attorney, John Kelly, provides insight on the possible legal action taken in the investigation of the world’s largest oil companies (Eni SpA, Chevron Corp., Lukoil Holdings) following accusations of bribery. The allegation stem from an email sent by a whistleblower to the Karachaganak Petroleum Operating BV, which suggested the companies participated in improper payments for moving goods through the Kazakhstan's Aksai City customs office. The article, entitled "Oil Giants Launch Bribe Probes," was published in The Wall Street Journal on June 6, 2012. The complete article may be viewed here.

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