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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 Esquivel Provides Insight on Whether Hospital's Use of Automated Call System Violated the TCPA

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February 2, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney David Esquivel commented on the lawsuit filed against Prospect Medical Group's Southern California Hospital in Culver City. The complaint alleges that the hospital used an automated call system to contact a former patient in an attempt to collect a medical debt. According to David, "it appears the key issue in this case will be consent. Did the plaintiff provide her phone number to the hospital as part of the admissions process? If so, the hospital has a good argument she gave consent for this call." David also observed that "[t]his and other consumer regulatory issues are going to become more prominent for hospitals as they increasingly look to patients for payment."

The full article, "Lawsuit Claims Prospect Medical Violated FCC Medical Debt Collection Law with Robo-dialing," was published by Becker's Hospital Review on January 29, 2016 and is available online.


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