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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: Mike Kuffner

February 2, 2017

Mike Kuffner spotlight1. Tell us about your practice.

I represent public and private companies on transactional, corporate governance and securities law matters. I also represent public companies, start-ups and venture capital and private equity firms in connection with corporate finance and capital markets transactions, including registered and unregistered equity and debt offerings. Over the past few years I've also developed a bit of a niche practice representing management teams in the negotiation of their employment and equity packages in connection with buyout transactions.

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

Deal volume is generally remaining strong despite the uncertainty created by the change in administration. Funds are sitting on a lot of capital, resulting in a competitive marketplace with respect to bidding processes and transaction terms. The general consensus is that the new administration will be more favorable to M&A activity, scaling back regulations and oversight. However, those in the healthcare space are taking calculated risks in deploying capital with respect to attractive transactions while waiting to see what the Trump administration has in store for healthcare reform.

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

At a basic level, I chose to become a lawyer because I enjoy teamwork and helping people solve their problems. Being a corporate lawyer is very rewarding in that I get to help my clients navigate some of the most important milestones in their careers – whether that be capital raises / changes in ownership, transformative acquisitions or sales of closely held businesses. Being able to provide our clients the comfort that we have the experience to thoughtfully counsel them through those important events is incredibly fulfilling.


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