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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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Brian Roark Comments on Impact of Sequestration Related to Fraud Recovery in 2015

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March 2, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Brian Roark provided comments for an article discussing whether sequestration led to decreased healthcare fraud recoveries in 2015. These automatic budget cuts effected the anti-fraud resources available to enforce federal healthcare programs and some question whether this lack of resources caused the drop in recoveries between 2014 ($3.3 billion) and 2015 ($2.4 billion). As Brian points out in the article, "the decline was probably due to a smaller number of large-dollar settlements and that it's not necessarily an indication of any long-term trends."

The full article, "Sequestration Hampered Gov. Anti-Fraud Efforts, Agencies Say," was published by Bloomberg BNA’s Health Law Resource Center on February 29, 2016, and is available online.

Brian's comments were also included in the blog post from March 7, 2016, "Are Anti-fraud Efforts Hurt by Budget Sequestration?" published on Bloomberg BNA's Health Care Blog.


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