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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 Discusses International Business, Trade and more for Nashville Post Article

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April 19, 2017

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Samar Ali provided answers to questions about foreign direct investment, international business, economic development, cybersecurity, trade, national security, and other topics for an article in the Nashville Post. Drawing on her legal industry knowledge as well as her experience as assistant commissioner for international affairs at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development in Governor Bill Haslam's administration and her time as a White House fellow and advisor to the Department of Homeland Security, Samar answered the following questions:

  • Is there uncertainty over the new presidential administration's immigration policies? How does uncertainty about immigration policies affect multi-national companies or companies that employ immigrants?
  • Would new tariffs hurt or help big manufacturers in Tennessee?
  • When you were working for the state, who was Tennessee's main competition in attracting business? How has that changed?
  • If you were still at the ECD department, how would you sell the state in light of some of the rhetoric coming from Donald Trump? Could he make it more difficult to attract business to the U.S.?
  • Are there any benefits — either for security or the economy — of building a wall on the U.S./Mexico border?
  • Have recent high-profile breaches, including at Anthem and the Democratic National Committee, caused companies and individuals to pay more attention to cybersecurity? In what ways are businesses still unprepared?

The full article, "The State's Main Competition is ... Primarily Regional," was published by the Nashville Post on April 17, 2017, and is available online.

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