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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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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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15 Bass, Berry & Sims Attorneys Named "Lawyer of the Year"

August 18, 2014

Nashville, Tenn., (August 18, 2014) - Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce that 15 of its attorneys recently were named "Lawyers of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Best Lawyers began designating "Lawyer of the Year" in the U.S. in high-profile legal practice areas in conjunction with the 15th edition (2009). Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year," making this accolade particularly significant.

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (2015) is based on detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

Listed below are the lawyers that were honored from Bass, Berry & Sims and the area of specialty in which they were recognized.

  • H. Lee Barfield II – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Coburn Dewees Berry IV – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Litigation – Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year"
  • E. Steele Clayton IV – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Litigation – Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Tim K. Garrett – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Labor Law – Management "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Paul G. Jennings – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Litigation – Bankruptcy "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Howard H. Lamar III – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Securities / Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • J. Richard Lodge, Jr. – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Non-Profit / Charities Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • George H. Masterson – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Public Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Cynthia N. Sellers – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Commercial Transactions / UCC Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Richard R. Spore III – Best Lawyers® 2015 Memphis Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Samuel E. Stumpf, Jr. – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Securities Regulation "Lawyer of the Year" 
  • James S. Tate, Jr. – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Commercial Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Shepherd D. Tate – Best Lawyers® 2015 Memphis Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year"
  • F. Mitchell Walker, Jr. – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Leigh Walton – Best Lawyers® 2015 Nashville Health Care Law "Lawyer of the Year"

To see the full report of 85 attorneys listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015, please click here.

About Best Lawyers®
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers in America® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 50,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers in considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice." 

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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