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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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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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James Cheek Named Founding Fellow of American College of Governance Counsel

April 21, 2015

Nashville Attorney James Cheek Selected to Board of Trustees for New Association Launched by the Leading Corporate Governance Attorneys Throughout North America.

Nashville, Tenn. (April 21, 2015) – Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that Nashville-based partner, James H. Cheek, III, is one of 14 founding fellows of the recently established American College of Governance Counsel. Cheek will serve on the board of trustees along with 10 other attorneys from across North America who are renowned for their achievements in the field of governance, including honorary founding chairs Martin Lipton of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Ira Millstein of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; and the Honorable E. Norman Veasey of Gordon, Fournaris & Mammarella, P.A. The College serves as a professional, educational and honorary association whose mission is to promote high professional standards and a better understanding and broader adoption of best governance practices within business organizations.

"Through more than 40 years of advising public companies on a range of complex legal issues, Jim has earned a reputation as a national leader in the area of corporate governance law," said Todd Rolapp, firmwide managing partner of Bass, Berry & Sims. "His longstanding history of providing quality, solutions-oriented legal counsel as a trusted business advisor to his boards of directors, combined with his leadership in the legal industry, will go a long way in furthering the American College of Governance Counsel's objectives toward advancing corporate governance law and advocacy."

The College implements programs aimed at addressing the major governance issues facing business enterprises, including shareholder activism, developing challenges to traditional models of governance, risk management and an increasingly complex regulatory and enforcement environment. Fellows work directly in board rooms advising directors on a range of important issues, including shareholder litigation and engagement, management succession, internal investigations, disclosure obligations and a broad range of other regulatory and governmental matters.

The full list of the 11 members of the board of trustees and three honorary founding chairs that make up the founding fellows is available here. The board of trustees also has elected an inaugural class of 36 fellows and nine additional honorary fellows, whose names are available in the organization's complete list of fellows and honorary fellows here.

At Bass, Berry & Sims, Cheek focuses his practice on advising public companies in the areas of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and securities offerings. He regularly represents boards of directors and special committees in matters involving activist shareholders and strategic decisions, as well as providing corporations with independent reviews of regulatory policies and procedures. In addition to several previous leadership positions in national professional organizations, he currently serves as a special consultant to the American Bar Association's Corporate Law Committee, drafters of the Model Business Corporation Act.

Cheek earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University, his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School and his LL.M from Harvard University.

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