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The M&A Advisor Winner 2017The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 16th Annual M&A Advisor Awards on Monday, November 13 at the 2017 M&A Advisor Awards. Bass, Berry & Sims was named a winner in the two categories related to the following deals:

M&A Deal of the Year (from $1B-$5B) – Acquisition of CLARCOR Inc. by Parker Hannifin Corporation

Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year (over $1B) – Acquisition of BNC Bancorp by Pinnacle Financial Partners

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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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Super Lawyers Lists 45 Bass, Berry & Sims PLC Attorneys in 19 Practice Areas

November 18, 2013

Nashville, Tenn., (November 18, 2013) - Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce that 45 of its attorneys were named to Super Lawyers 2013 listed among 19 different practice areas. In addition, 14 attorneys were recognized in the Rising Stars category. 

2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers in Knoxville
Rising Stars 
  • Russell E. Stair: Business Litigation
2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers in Memphis
  • John S. Golwen: Business Litigation 
  • J. Brook Lathram: Business Litigation 
  • Stephen W. Ragland: Bankruptcy 
  • John C. Speer: Business Litigation 
  • Richard R. Spore, III: Real Estate 
  • John A. Stemmler: Real Estate 
  • Shepherd D. Tate: Alternative Dispute Resolution 
  • David A. Thornton: Employee Benefits/ERISA 
Rising Stars 
  • Ryan R. Baker: Alternative Dispute Resolution 
  • Annie Christoff: Business Litigation 
  • Phillip Lewis: Tax 
  • Robert P. McDaniel, Jr.: Real Estate 
  • Sehrish Siddiqui: Securities and Corporate Finance 
2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers in Nashville
  • H. Lee Barfield, II: Business Litigation 
  • Coburn Dewees Berry, IV: Real Estate 
  • James H. Cheek, III: Securities & Corporate Finance 
  • Michael L. Dagley: Business Litigation 
  • J. Page Davidson: Business/Corporate 
  • Wallace W. Dietz: Business Litigation 
  • R. Todd Ervin: Tax 
  • David R. Esquivel: Business Litigation 
  • Samuel Lanier Felker: Personal Injury Defense: Products 
  • Tim K. Garrett: Employment & Labor 
  • J. Andrew Goddard: Environmental 
  • James C. Gooch: Estate & Probate 
  • B. Riney Green: Mergers & Acquisitions 
  • R. Dale Grimes: Antitrust Litigation 
  • L. Wearen Hughes: Construction Litigation 
  • Paul G. Jennings: Bankruptcy 
  • David A. King: Health Care 
  • Howard H. Lamar, III: Mergers & Acquisitions 
  • Anthony J. McFarland: Business Litigation 
  • Bryan W. Metcalf: Tax 
  • Claire F. Miley: Health Care 
  • William N. Ozier: Employment & Labor 
  • Michael S. Peek: Real Estate 
  • W. Brantley Phillips, Jr.: Business Litigation 
  • J. Bradbury Reed: Securities & Corporate Finance 
  • Cynthia Y. Reisz: Health Care 
  • Fritz Richter, III: Employee Benefits/ERISA 
  • D. Mark Sheets: Real Estate 
  • Michael D. Sontag: Tax 
  • James S. Tate, Jr.: Business/Corporate 
  • G. Scott Thomas: Environmental 
  • Bob F. Thompson: Securities & Corporate Finance 
  • Overton Thompson, III: Securities Litigation 
  • F. Mitchell Walker, Jr.: Securities & Corporate Finance 
  • Leigh Walton: Health Care 
  • Jessalyn H. Zeigler: Personal Injury Defense/Products 
Rising Stars 
  • Robert L. Brewer: Intellectual Property 
  • Leslie Ford: Securities and Corporate Finance 
  • D. Scott Holley: Securities and Corporate Finance 
  • J. Daniel Huffines: Securities and Corporate Finance 
  • Tatjana Paterno: Mergers & Acquisitions 
  • Brian D. Roark: Health Care 
  • Ryan D. Thomas: Mergers & Acquisitions 
  • Jeffrey P. Yarbro: Business Litigation 
2013 Super Lawyers in Washington, D.C.
  • John Kelly: White Collar Defense 
Mid-South Super Lawyers also released Top Lists for those attorneys who received the highest point totals in the Tennessee nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. Listed below are the Bass, Berry & Sims’ attorneys that received these honors. 

Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers 2013
  • J. Brook Lathram 
  • William N. Ozier 
  • Stephen W. Ragland 
  • Michael D. Sontag 
  • Bob F. Thompson
Top 50 Memphis Super Lawyers 2013
  • J. Brook Lathram 
  • Stephen W. Ragland 
Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers 2013
  • H. Lee Barfield, II 
  • William N. Ozier 
  • Michael D. Sontag 
  • Bob F. Thompson 
  • Leigh Walton 
Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers 2013
  • Leigh Walton 

About Mid-South Super Lawyers 
Mid-South Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. More information can be found at

About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
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