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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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Attorney Spotlight: Richard Spore

October 9, 2014

Richard SporeTell us about your practice.

My practice is divided pretty equally into commercial real estate and development, business and joint venture planning (usually but not always with a commercial real estate spin), and business divorce work (usually working in tandem with one of our business litigators like John Golwen or Brook Lathram).

What are some trends you are seeing related to the legal industry or in the industry in which you practice?

In the area of commercial real estate (and I think business transactions generally), there's a lot of liquidity in the market fueled in no small measure by the extremely low interest rate environment. All that cash is competing for the same deals and chasing yield, which tends to bid up asset prices. Increasing asset prices fueled by liquidity and government policies designed to suppress interest rates seems sort of like "déjà vu all over again." Let's hope this exuberance is not of the irrational variety.

What is the most fulfilling part of your job?

We are all blessed to be able to work every day with bright, ethical, and motivated colleagues. In addition, over time, we have a great deal of control over what kind of practice we have, what kind of clients we work with, and how we spend our time each day. Most people don't have that kind of control over their professional lives, and we should never take it for granted.


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