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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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Attorney Spotlight: Claire Miley

November 7, 2016

Claire Miley Spotlight1. Tell us about your practice. 

For 20 years, I've been helping clients navigate the complex (often downright byzantine) world of Medicare reimbursement and fraud and abuse rules. Healthcare is a constantly shifting landscape, so I never take anything for granted. I have a glass "whiteboard" in my office on which I am constantly drawing diagrams of proposed transactions (usually with multiple colors of dry-erase markers). I want to make sure that I'm not missing a single facet of a deal that could implicate reimbursement, certification or fraud and abuse regulations. 

2. What is an interesting trend happening right now related to your field of practice? 

Even with the usual fluctuations in the healthcare landscape, it would be hard to top the seismic shift represented by the passage of MACRA, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. MACRA exponentially accelerates the move to value-based purchasing by government healthcare programs. Just last month, CMS issued final regulations to implement one of the cornerstones of MACRA, the elimination of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and the old fee-for-service methodology for reimbursing physicians. The old methodology will be replaced with merit-based and alternative payment systems. Healthcare lawyers are living in exciting times. 

3. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field? 

For the intellectual challenge. Practicing as a healthcare regulatory lawyer has certainly never let me down in this respect!

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