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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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Wallace W. Dietz

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Wallace W. Dietz

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Cited by Chambers USA for his experience and judgment handling internal investigations and international anti-corruption issues, Wally Dietz has more than 30 years of experience guiding his clients through complex litigation and investigations where exposure is significant. Wally has notable successes negotiating with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Tennessee Attorney General and other governmental agencies, oftentimes producing a favorable result in a very short time frame. His work representing clients in connection with possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations and other anti-corruption issues has taken him to Asia, Africa, Europe and Central America.

Wally is the chair of the firm's Compliance & Government Investigations (CGI) Practice Group and serves as the firm's liaison partner for its Washington, D.C. office.

Cited by Chambers USA for his experience and judgment handling internal investigations and international anti-corruption issues, Wally Dietz has more than 30 years of experience guiding his clients through complex litigation and investigations where exposure is significant. Wally has notable successes negotiating with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Tennessee Attorney General and other governmental agencies, oftentimes producing a favorable result in a very short time frame. His work representing clients in connection with possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations and other anti-corruption issues has taken him to Asia, Africa, Europe and Central America.

Wally is the chair of the firm's Compliance & Government Investigations (CGI) Practice Group and serves as the firm's liaison partner for its Washington, D.C. office.  His practice includes:

  • Internal Investigations & Special Projects – Conducting internal and governmental investigations involving healthcare fraud and abuse and the FCPA and complex business and commercial litigation, including cases involving shareholder class action litigation, business torts, trade secrets, healthcare law and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Healthcare Fraud & Abuse – Representing healthcare companies facing whistleblower lawsuits under the False Claims Act (FCA) or violations of the Stark Law or Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Shareholder Class Actions – Defends directors and officers against allegation related to fiduciary duties, waste, governance and other matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Wally served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee. Wally was also a legislative assistant and media aide to former U.S. Senator Jim Sasser.

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Memberships

Nashville Bar Association — Board Member (2003-2006)

District of Columbia Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

American Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Lex Mundi — Global Chair, Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Committee

Nashville Pro Bono, Inc. — President (1994-1995)

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Chambers USA — Litigation: General Commercial (2003-2017)

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Litigation: Banking and Finance "Lawyer of the Year" (2018, 2012);
Nashville Litigation: Securities "Lawyer of the Year" (2016); Nashville Litigation: Mergers and Acquisitions "Lawyer of the Year" (2014)

Best Lawyers in America® — Commercial Litigation; Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Health Care Law; International Trade and Finance Law; Litigation: Banking and Finance; Litigation: Health Care; Litigation: Mergers and Acquisition; Litigation: Securities; Trade Secrets Law (2006-2018)

Benchmark Litigation — Local Litigation Star: Tennessee (2012-2017)

Super Lawyers — Corporate Counsel Edition

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2017)

Nashville Business Journal "Best of the Bar" (2011-2012)

Nashville Bar Association Liberty Bell Award

American Criminal Law Review — Associate Editor (1980-1982)

Law Clerk to Hon. Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., United States District Judge, Middle District of Tennessee (1982-1983)

Speechwriter and Press Aide to United States Senator Jim Sasser, Washington, D.C. (1977-1981)

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