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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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John Kelly Comments on DOJ's New Memo on White-Collar Investigations

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September 11, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney John Kelly was quoted in a National Law Journal article about the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) memo on white-collar investigations. The article notes that in many ways the memo standardizes, "in writing the same approach many prosecutors, especially big city U.S. attorneys, have practiced all along." 

Former DOJ officials now at large firms and within corporations, however, said the memo, which directs prosecutors to focus on individuals and wider corporate wrongdoing, "swings like a blunt instrument at how companies under investigation talk to officials" from [the DOJ.] John, a former leader at the DOJ, told the publication that the memo will definitely influence how lawyers advise clients and "may also prompt more cases for prosecutors." 

The full article, "In 'All or Nothing' Approach, Justice Dept. Puts White-Collar Bar on Edge," was published by The National Law Journal on September 10, 2015 and is available online or in the PDF below.

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