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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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AutoZone, Bass, Berry & Sims and Memphis Area Legal Services Host Ninth Annual "Give a Little, Help a Lot" Legal Aid Clinic

August 2, 2017

Memphis-area Seniors at Orange Mound Senior Center Receive Free Legal Services from Coalition of Top Community Legal Professionals

Give a Little, Help a Lot Orange Mound Legal Aid Clinic 2017Memphis, Tenn., August 2, 2017 – AutoZone and Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, in conjunction with Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. (MALS), hosted the ninth annual "Give a Little, Help a Lot" pro bono clinic at Orange Mound Senior Center on Thursday, July 27. Throughout the morning, dozens of low-income seniors received free legal services from approximately 20 attorneys representing the three organizations.

"Each year, we look forward to helping the seniors at Orange Mound Senior Center to offer important legal guidance. This day offers an opportunity to engage with the Senior Center's clients, understand their needs and provide essential services they otherwise might not have received," said Maria Leggett, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Customer Satisfaction at AutoZone. "We appreciate and enjoy the collaboration with partners Bass, Berry & Sims and Memphis Area Legal Services to help the community and these gracious individuals for nine years going strong."

Give a Little, Help a Lot Orange Mound Legal Aid Clinic 2017 #2During the event, attorneys, paralegals and volunteers from Bass, Berry & Sims, AutoZone and MALS provided seniors with essential legal advice and assisted with the preparation of advance care plans, healthcare directives, durable power of attorney forms and wills.

"Navigating legal challenges related to healthcare and finances can be a daunting task, especially for those who might be unable to retain legal guidance to help navigate these complex issues," said Sehrish Siddiqui, an attorney with Bass, Berry & Sims. "The opportunity to collaborate with AutoZone and Memphis Area Legal Services is a highlight of our year, and we are very happy to participate in the 'Give a Little, Help a Lot' clinic and provide much needed counsel."

"We are thankful for the great partnership between the Orange Mound community and Memphis Area Legal Services and for the opportunity to continue working with the attorneys and staff at Bass, Berry & Sims and the AutoZone legal department in this ninth consecutive year," said Lauren Ludwikowski, Staff Attorney of MALS. "It is a pleasure to join such great professionals who are willing to put their time and energy into making this event happen each year to help seniors proactively prepare for important financial and healthcare decisions."

Coverage from the event was included in the evening broadcast on Local Memphis, the ABC affiliate in Memphis (Local 24-CW30-Fox 16). To read the story and watch the segment, click here.

About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
With more than 270 attorneys representing numerous publicly traded companies and Fortune 500 businesses, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has been involved in some of the largest and most significant business transactions, investigations and litigation matters in the country. For more information, visit www.bassberry.com.

About AutoZone
As of May 6, 2017, AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts, chemicals and accessories through 5,381 AutoZone stores in 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in the U.S., and 499 stores in Mexico, 26 IMC branches and nine stores in Brazil for a total count of 5,915.

AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States. Each AutoZone store carries an extensive product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products. Many stores also have a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations, and public sector accounts. IMC branches carry an extensive line of original equipment quality import replacement parts. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand diagnostic and repair software through www.alldata.com. Additionally, AutoZone sells automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products through www.autozone.com, and accessories, performance and replacement parts through www.autoanything.com, and commercial customers can make purchases through www.autozonepro.com and www.imcparts.net. AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair or installation.

About Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.
Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc., (MALS) is a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible individuals in Shelby, Tipton, Fayette and Lauderdale counties in West Tennessee. MALS will celebrate 50 years of service to the community in 2020. MALS receives federal funds from the Legal Services Corporation along with state and local funding, donations, grants and contracts. There are more than 800 attorneys, law students, paralegals, mediators and others who regularly volunteer their time and talents to ensuring access to justice through MALS in partnership with the staff and board. For more information, visit www.malsi.org.


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