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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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Janelle Waack Provides Insight on Supreme Court Review of PTAB IPR Decision in Cuozzo and Its Impact on Pharmaceutical Patents

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April 25, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Janelle Waack provided comment for an article in Modern Healthcare regarding Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee, which is being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on April 25, 2016. The outcome of this case could change the claim construction standard used in resolving patent challenges at the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board. "It's remarkable because you're changing the standard of a fundamental issue in patent disputes," Janelle said of the case. "It would tend to tilt the playing field in favor of the patent owners," Janelle said.

The full article, "Supreme Court Patent Case has Major Implications for Drugmakers," was published by Modern Healthcare on April 22, 2016, and is available online.


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