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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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John Golwen Provides Insight on Tennessee Business Court

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May 6, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney John Golwen provided insight for a Memphis Business Journal article focusing on the creation of the Tennessee Business Court. The article was published to coincide with the Court's one-year anniversary. Last year, the Tennessee Supreme Court created a pilot court, physically located in Davidson County, to focus exclusively on complex business litigation. The court often hears "business divorce" cases among partners, breach of contract disputes, shareholder derivative suits, trade secrets and intellectual property disputes. Cases that are excluded from the court include personal injury, wrongful death, products liability and most employment cases. Tennessee is one of 26 states that have already implemented a business court system. "If deemed successful by the Tennessee Supreme Court, the system would likely expand to Shelby County and Knox County," explains John. He adds, "[i]f we're trying to attract business to Tennessee, obviously they won't move their business here just for court, but it certainly makes for a more business-friendly environment."

The full article, "Tennessee Business Court Sees Successful First Year," was published by the Memphis Business Journal on May 5, 2016, and is available online.


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