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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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Bass, Berry & Sims Welcomes Five Attorneys to the Firm

June 14, 2017

Welcome to Meg Casey, Jeanne Marie Evans, Lee Flaherty, Meri Gordon and Travis TiptonNashville, Tenn., (June 14, 2017) – Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to welcome five new attorneys to the firm – four in the Nashville office and one in the Memphis office.

Meg S. Casey (Senior Litigation Attorney, Nashville) advises clients on complex business litigation, including matters involving breach of contract and managed care disputes. Casey earned her law degree from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law (2011) and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky (2004).

Jeanne Marie Evans (Associate, Nashville) provides healthcare regulatory counsel as it relates to compliance, operational and transactional matters. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Evans was an associate at Kutak Rock LLP in Missouri where she provided regulatory guidance to healthcare clients. Evans earned her law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law (2015) and received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University (2012).

D. Lee Flaherty (Associate, Memphis) counsels clients on corporate matters with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Flaherty was an associate at Phelps Dunbar LLP, practicing in the areas of business and finance. In addition to his legal background, Flaherty is also a Certified Public Accountant (Mississippi). Flaherty earned his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law (2013), a Master of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi (2009) and his undergraduate degree from Mississippi College (2003).

Meri B. Gordon (Senior Litigation Attorney, Nashville) represents clients in connection with various healthcare dispute matters, focusing on managed care litigation and healthcare fraud and abuse matters. Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Gordon practiced in the New York office of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, LLP. Gordon earned her law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law (2004) and received her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University (2001).

Travis Tipton (Associate, Nashville) counsels clients on corporate and securities issues including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and securities regulations matters and filings. Tipton earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (2016) and received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University (2012).

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