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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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David Thornton Comments on Potential Problems for Hospitals that Manage Insurance Plans

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September 11, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney David Thornton was quoted in an article in Modern Healthcare about a whistleblower lawsuit involving two hospitals that had established self-funded insurance plans for employees. The lawsuit alleged that through these insurance plans that imposed high costs to employees, the hospitals drove up the wage index which in turn inflated Medicare payments. While the Department of Justice declined to get involved in the suit, it raises questions related to ERISA compliance. According to David, "when hospitals control their employee healthcare networks, it can raise potential conflicts of interest ... If a hospital is using employees' money to pay above-market prices or the plan is designed to push employees into networks that benefit the hospital, you have some real ERISA problems there. You need to know that these duties do exist, and there are penalties involved if you are not able to establish that you have acted in the best interest of the participants."

The full article, "Fraud Case Highlights Hazards for Hospitals with Insurance Plans," was published by Modern Healthcare on September 10, 2015 and is available online.


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