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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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Leigh Walton Concludes Successful Term as Chair of the American Bar Association Mergers & Acquisitions Committee

October 3, 2012

Nashville, Tenn., (October 3, 2012) –Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Leigh Walton recently was honored at the American Bar Association's Annual Meeting in Chicago for service in her three year term as Chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee of the ABA's Business Law Section.

Walton and her fellow Committee members celebrated a number of achievements and substantial contributions to the ongoing work of the Committee during her tenure. A few of these accomplishments include: 

  • An increase in the Committee's membership to well over 4,000 members from 49 states and 55 countries on five continents;

  • Publishing a revision of the Model Stock Purchase Agreement in 2010; 

  • Publishing the Model Merger Agreement for the Acquisition of a Public Company in 2011; 

  • Beginning work on the Revised Model Asset Purchase Agreement; and 

  • Creating new Task Forces on Distressed M&A, Financial Advisor Disclosures, Two-Step Auctions and Legal Project Management, as well as launching a new Joint Task Force on Governance Issues in Business Combinations in conjunction with the Business Law Section’s Corporate Governance Committee.

Walton is a Member of Bass, Berry & Sims and has more than 30 years of experience working with public companies on securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. Walton has been recognized for her work in many publications, including Chambers USA, Best Lawyers®, Nashville Post and Nashville Business Journal. In addition, Walton is very active in other industry-related organizations, having served as former co-chair of the Transactions Affinity Group of the American Health Lawyers Association Business Law and Governance Practice Group.

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