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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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Eli Richardson Comments on Supreme Court's Speedy Trial Ruling

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May 20, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Eli Richardson provided comment to Law360 for an article outlining the impact of the Betterman v. Montana decision, in which the Supreme Court ruled the Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial does not apply to the sentencing phase of criminal proceedings. As Eli points out in the article, 

Betterman represents a welcome resolution of a split among lower courts as to whether the Speedy Trial Clause applies to the timing of sentencings. In answering the question with a resounding 'no,' the court relied on straightforward and uncontroversial (albeit disputable) arguments. Thus, Betterman delivers no big surprise in its result or its reasoning. Perhaps its legacy will be its concurrences, which suggest that future complaints about delays in sentencing be brought as due process claims. This makes sense, as the Due Process Clause has the flexibility, which is simply lacking in the Speedy Trial Clause, to apply to sentencings.

The full article, "Attorneys React To High Court's Speedy Trial Ruling," was published by Law360 on May 19, 2016, and is available online.


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