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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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Bass, Berry & Sims Welcomes Six New Attorneys to the Firm

September 24, 2015

Nashville, Tenn., (September 24, 2015) - Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to welcome six new attorneys to the firm. Five of the attorneys will be based in the firm's Nashville office; one in Memphis.

Neal B. Curtis (Associate, Nashville) counsels healthcare clients related to mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Curtis served as a law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge Hanly Ingram in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Curtis earned his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School. He received a B.S. from Vanderbilt University. 

Valere B. Fulwider (Attorney, Nashville) advises healthcare providers and companies on the operational and transactional aspects of their business and provides complex regulatory analysis on issues that impact acquisitions, contracts and compliance. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Fulwider worked with the American Heart Association's Office of Public Advocacy. She earned her law degree from the Columbus School of Law and her B.A. from Colgate University.

Courtney Ginn (Associate, Nashville) assists healthcare clients with various transactional, regulatory and operational matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ginn served as a clerk for the Honorable Thomas Ludington in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ginn earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law. She received a B.A. from Duke University.

Brian Irving (Associate, Nashville) counsels clients related to commercial litigation, including business fraud, breach of contract disputes, shareholder litigation and securities fraud cases. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Irving served as a law clerk to the Honorable Bobby E. Shepherd on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Irving earned his law degree from Vanderbilt Law School and received a B.A. from Yale University.

Michael P. Kapellas (Associate, Memphis) focuses on representing clients in business disputes and general commercial litigation and works with broker-dealers and financial institutions to resolve various disputes and regulatory matters. He earned his law degree from The University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Before entering law school, Kapellas was a journalist and taught journalism courses at the collegiate level. He earned an M.A. from Indiana University's School of Journalism and he received a B.J. from the University of Missouri.

J. Paul Singleton (Associate, Nashville) represents companies in a wide variety of business related matters in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, financing and general business planning. Prior to joining the firm, Singleton practiced at Manier & Herod in Nashville. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Middle East aboard the USS Constellation prior to beginning his legal career. Singleton earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a B.S. from the University of Kentucky.

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