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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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Mike Sontag Argues Vodafone Case Before Tennessee Supreme Court

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June 5, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Mike Sontag was quoted in two articles covering the arguments before the Tennessee Supreme Court in the Vodafone case. Mike is representing Vodafone in the case and presented arguments before the high court. In June 2014, the Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a variance imposed by the Commissioner of Revenue requiring Vodafone to use market-based sourcing rather than the COP sourcing currently required by Tennessee's franchise and excise tax statutes. The Tennessee Supreme Court is hearing the case to determine whether the Commissioner property used his alternative apportionment authority. As stated in Mike's arguments before the court and as reported in one of the articles, "the only issue in the case is whether the revenue commissioner has the authority, through the state's variance statute, to request the clear tax policy choices of the General Assembly in favor of the tax policy of his own choosing, based on this judgment that the default statute is unfair or unwisely adopted."

The two articles, listed below, are available on the Tax Analysts website (subscription required).

  • "Tennessee High Court Hears Arguments in Vodafone Alternative Apportionment Case" (June 3, 2015)
  • "News Analysis: Tennessee Supreme Court Hammers Parties in Vodafone Arguments" (June 4, 2015)

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