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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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Coburn Dewees Berry IV

Member (retired)

Nashville
(615) 742-6215 TEL
(615) 742-2715 FAX

Coburn Dewees Berry IV

Member (retired)

Nashville
(615) 742-6215 TEL
(615) 742-2715 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6215 TEL
(615) 742-2715 FAX

Dewees Berry, a retired member, has more than 35 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of commercial real estate law. For more than 30 years he served as editor and author of the Tennessee Real Estate Law Letter, dedicated to providing practical real estate law advice to its subscribers. In addition, throughout his career, Dewees has been a frequent seminar speaker on real estate law topics.

Working with individuals, realtors, developers and commercial real estate companies, Dewees has handled real estate transactions, planning and zoning matters, and real estate disputes. 

From 2006 – 2015, Dewees served as General Counsel for Bass, Berry & Sims and advised firm management and individuals on legal ethics, professional responsibility and conflicts of interest.

Memberships

Nashville Bar Association — President (2003)

Nashville Bar Foundation — Fellow

Tennessee Bar Foundation — Fellow

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Accolades

Chambers USA — Real Estate, Senior Statesman (2014-2016); Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, Senior Statesman (2014-2016); Real Estate (2003-2013); Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (2012-2013)

American College of Real Estate Lawyers — Fellow

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Litigation: Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year" (2015); Nashville Litigation: Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year" (2013); Nashville Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year" (2010)

Best Lawyers in America® — Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation: Land Use and Zoning; Litigation: Real Estate; Real Estate Law (2003-2016)

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2015)

Nashville School of Law — Instructor

Editor, Tennessee Real Estate Law Letter (1983-2015)

Bass, Berry & Sims — Executive Committee (6 Years)

Law Clerk to Chief Judge Frank Gray, Jr., U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee (1976-1977)

Vanderbilt Law Review — Associate Editor (1975-1976)

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