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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 Offers Insight on NYC Bar Opinion Regarding Evidence Disclosure

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September 7, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Eli Richardson offered insights for a Law360 article on the opinion issued by the Professional Ethics Committee of the New York City (NYC) Bar Association related to a prosecutor's obligation to disclose evidence favorable to the defense. The committee concluded that a prosecution's obligation goes beyond that established by the Supreme Court's Brady decision, and that favorable evidence should be disclosed "regardless of the extent of its significance." As Eli pointed out in the article, noting that the opinion echoed the policy of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on this issue, "DOJ has a policy of turning over exculpatory evidence beyond Brady. There's a huge realm of the criminal justice system already doing this. A good way to comply with your legal obligation is to err on the side of overproducing stuff."

The full article, "Prosecutors Must Disclose More Than Brady, NYC Bar Says," was published by Law360 on September 6, 2016, and is available online.


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