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The M&A Advisor Winner 2017The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 16th Annual M&A Advisor Awards on Monday, November 13 at the 2017 M&A Advisor Awards. Bass, Berry & Sims was named a winner in the two categories related to the following deals:

M&A Deal of the Year (from $1B-$5B) – Acquisition of CLARCOR Inc. by Parker Hannifin Corporation

Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year (over $1B) – Acquisition of BNC Bancorp by Pinnacle Financial Partners

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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 Provides Insight on Supreme Court's Bribery Decision


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June 28, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Eli Richardson provided comments for a Law360 article that published attorneys' reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on federal corruption charges. With its decision, the Supreme Court rejected the government's broad definition of an "official act" for purposes of the federal bribery statute. Eli provided the following insights:

McDonell's effect upon the federal bribery statute, Section 201, is clear: McDonnell curtailed the statute's scope by narrowing the definition of 'official acts.' However, McDonnell has not necessarily narrowed the scope of the statutes under which Gov. McDonnell actually was charged. He was charged not with federal bribery, but rather with Hobbs Acts violations and honest-services fraud. In McDonnell, the government agreed to define those two crimes in terms of Section 201(a)(3)'s definition of 'official acts.' Since that backfired, going forward the government likely will eschew any such agreement and instead exercise its prerogative to prosecute those crimes without any reference to Section 201's now-narrow definition of 'official acts.'

The full article, "Attorneys React To High Court's Political Bribery Ruling," was published by Law360 on June 27, 2016, and is available online.

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