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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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Jay Knight Comments on President-elect Trump's New SEC Appointment

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January 11, 2017

In an article published by Compliance Week, Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Jay Knight provided insight on the newly appointed U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman, Jay Clayton of Sullivan & Cromwell. Clayton is a respected expert in mergers, acquisitions and capital formation but has some controversy surrounding his view on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Knight is encouraged by the nomination as he believes that Clayton's skill set fits well with the SEC's capital formation and investor protection efforts. Knight believes that Clayton's experience in M&A deals can be applied as chairman by being able to understand marketplace issues. "This is somebody who is very familiar with the SEC's mission," said Knight in the article.

The full article, "What to Expect from Trump's SEC Nomination," was published by Compliance Week on January 10, 2017, and is available online.

Visit our Securities Law Exchange blog to read our recent post detailing Clayton's experience and additional media reaction to his appointment, "Quick Fact Sheet on Trump’s Pick for SEC Chair."

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