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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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Samar Ali Provides Insight to the Wall Street Journal on the Government's Role in Cybersecurity

The Wall Street Journal’s Risk & Compliance Journal

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January 5, 2017

In an article published by The Wall Street Journal's Risk & Compliance Journal, Samar Ali participated in a Q&A regarding what companies should do to protect against cyberthreats. Samar says that the government's role in cybersecurity is a bit controversial because the global digital environment is primarily owned by the private sector. She suggested that companies should have three plans when dealing with cyberattacks – a "before" plan, a "during" plan and an "after" plan. Every person in the company should be trained regarding how to manage cybersecurity, especially on the "before" plan because each employee plays a role in that process. She also suggested that companies should have both a chief cybersecurity officer and a chief information security officer.

The full article, "When the Government Can't Protect Your Firm from a Cyberattack," was published on January 4, 2017, in The Wall Street Journal's Risk & Compliance Journal and is available online.

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