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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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Jay Knight Provides Insight on SEC's Pay Ratio Rule

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August 7, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Jay Knight provided insight for an article outlining the details of the SEC's pay ratio rule, the latest regulation to the Dodd-Frank Act that was approved on August 5. The new rule, which first applies to fiscal years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, requires a company to disclose the ratio of CEO compensation to the median compensation of its employees. Accordingly, a company with a calendar year fiscal year must first include the disclosure in its Form 10-K or annual meeting proxy statement filed in 2018. As Jay points out in the article, " ... companies can start by reviewing the rule and working with senior executives to determine what the plan will be to arrive at a median employee compensation figure. 'If you can make a few adjustments now, that can lead to less complexity when you actually have to calculate the ratio'"

The full article, "Calculations Ahead: Complying With the SEC Pay Ratio Rule," was published by Corporate Counsel on August 7, 2015 and is available online (subscription required).


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