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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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Matt Curley Comments on Supreme Court's FCA Liability Ruling

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June 17, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Matt Curley provided insight on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Universal Health Services v. Escobar, in which the court ruled that healthcare companies and other federal contractors can face False Claims Act (FCA) liability if they bill the government while out of compliance with regulations and that these regulations need not be explicit conditions of payment to trigger liability. As Matt points out in the article, 

It is not surprising that the Supreme Court affirmed the notion that the implied certification theory may give rise to FCA liability. The court, however, missed an opportunity to delineate clear boundaries for that theory. Reassurances that the materiality standard is 'demanding' and not satisfied where noncompliance is 'minor or insubstantial' leaves those boundaries open to much debate — particularly where noncompliance relates to regulations that on their face have nothing to do with payment by the government. It is difficult to view this as anything other than a win for those pushing for a more expansive view of FCA liability.

The full article, "Attys React To High Court's FCA Liability Ruling," was published by Law360 on June 16, 2016, and is available online.


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