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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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Scott W. Bell

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Nashville
(615) 742-7942 TEL
(615) 742-0458 FAX

Scott W. Bell

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-7942 TEL
(615) 742-0458 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7942 TEL
(615) 742-0458 FAX

Scott's practice encompasses a wide array of corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital financings, securities offerings and securities law compliance, shareholder activism defense and general corporate governance and strategic issues.

  • Mergers and Acquisitions – Scott advises clients on a variety of public and private strategic transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, tender and exchange offers, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, and joint ventures, in a variety of industries, including healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, aviation/defense, hotels and hospitality and restaurants.
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity Financing – Scott advises both target companies and investors on a variety of venture capital and private equity financing transactions, at all stages of the venture target company’s life, from startup to eventual sale or other liquidity event.
  • Corporate Finance– Scott advises publicly-traded companies in offerings of equity and debt securities, including initial public offerings, private placement and PIPEs transactions, and tender offers for existing securities.
  • Corporate Governance and Shareholder Activism – Scott regularly advises both NYSE- and NASDAQ-listed companies on a variety of corporate governance and SEC compliance matters, including preparation of SEC periodic reports and other filings; compliance with the federal securities laws and SRO listing standards; and board and committee composition, activities and charters and policies. Scott also has advised clients on a range of issues related to shareholder activism and contests for corporate control, including proxy contests and settlements, the adoption of shareholder rights plans, responses to shareholder proposals and the consideration of other defensive measures.

Prior to moving to Nashville, Scott practiced at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, D.C.

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The District of Columbia Bar — Transactional Section, Health Law Section

New York State Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

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