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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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Bass, Berry & Sims Launches Securities Law Exchange Blog

December 1, 2016

Attorneys Provide Ongoing Commentary and Insights on SEC Updates and Guidance for Publicly Traded Companies

Securities Law Exchange BlogNashville, Tenn. (December 1, 2016) – Bass, Berry & Sims announces the launch of its new blog, Securities Law Exchange, which will offer insight on the latest legal and regulatory developments affecting publicly traded companies. The blog is authored by attorneys from the firm's Corporate and Securities Practice Group, led by co-editors Jay Knight and Kevin Douglas. Securities Law Exchange entries will provide ongoing updates and insights related to SEC guidance, proxy issues and exchange developments, as well as resources to support executive leaders in legal and financial roles at public companies. The blog is available at

"Public companies are subject to an ever-evolving and intensifying regulatory landscape, and failure to keep up with SEC guidance on various business practices can lead to significant enforcement actions against the company as well as the responsible individuals," said Jay Knight co-editor of the Securities Law Exchange blog. "Securities Law Exchange offers executive leadership and corporate counsel access to regular updates, guidance and best practices on the issues that are essential to meeting their business goals and ensuring compliance along the way."

Securities Law Exchange focuses on a wide variety of topics including regulation and reporting updates, public company advisory topics, IPO readiness and exchange updates including IPO announcements, M&A trends and deal news. Additionally, the blog will act as a hosting site for resource pieces for public companies, including the recently updated Blueprint for an IPO.

The blog's roster of authors regularly counsel on the legal and business matters that are essential to executives, boards and corporate counsel. In addition to their law firm experience, many of the attorneys previously served as U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) attorneys, in-house counsel and as company executives, giving them unique insight into the issues that are top-of-mind for public companies.

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