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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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Russell S. Baldwin

Counsel

Nashville
(615) 742-7728 TEL
(615) 742-0407 FAX

Russell S. Baldwin

Counsel

Nashville
(615) 742-7728 TEL
(615) 742-0407 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7728 TEL
(615) 742-0407 FAX

Russ concentrates on complex business litigation, appellate litigation, and administrative and regulatory proceedings, including government contracting and investigations. He has successfully represented a wide range of clients as lead counsel in more than thirty appeals and numerous trials and administrative proceedings.

Russ concentrates on complex business litigation, appellate litigation, and administrative and regulatory proceedings, including government contracting and investigations. He has successfully represented a wide range of clients as lead counsel in more than thirty appeals and numerous trials and administrative proceedings.

  • Healthcare Litigation: Russ represents major healthcare companies in claims including healthcare IT disputes related to failed software implementation and contractual disputes.
  • Administrative and Regulatory Proceedings: Russ has successfully defended clients in numerous consumer protection investigations and civil investigative demands brought by various state attorneys general and other investigative or regulatory bodies.
  • Class Actions & Shareholder Suits: Russ regularly represents public and private corporations, non-profits and cooperative associations in class actions and shareholder derivate litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Before joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Russ served as an assistant Tennessee attorney general, where he represented the state in appellate litigation, legislative affairs, and litigation to defend and enforce an historic $4.8 billion settlement between the state and several leading tobacco manufacturers.

Russ formerly served in the United States Army and is currently a Lieutenant Colonel, Judge Advocate Generals Corps in the Tennessee Army National Guard, where he serves as Command Judge Advocate for the 230th Sustainment Brigade.

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University of Memphis Law Review — Biography Articles Editor

State of Tennessee Assistant Attorney General (1999-2002)

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