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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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Leslie M. Ford

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Nashville
(615) 742-7791 TEL
(615) 248-4254 FAX

Leslie M. Ford

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-7791 TEL
(615) 248-4254 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7791 TEL
(615) 248-4254 FAX

Leslie Ford has been actively involved in $6 billion worth of financing transactions in the last five years, with more than $400 million in the healthcare industry. Serving a diverse client list, Leslie represents public and private borrowers, institutional lenders, and private equity investors in secured and unsecured financing transactions. Her practice involves representing clients in various types of financing transactions including syndicated credit facilities, acquisition financings, first and second lien credit facilities, asset-based financings, mezzanine financings, equipment financings, construction loans, workouts and restructurings.

In addition, she has represented REIT clients in the negotiation of debt arrangements and routinely represents private equity funds both in acquisition financings as borrowers and in mezzanine financings as lenders.

Leslie Ford has been actively involved in $6 billion worth of financing transactions in the last five years, with more than $400 million in the healthcare industry. Serving a diverse client list, Leslie represents public and private borrowers, institutional lenders, and private equity investors in secured and unsecured financing transactions. Her practice involves representing clients in various types of financing transactions including syndicated credit facilities, acquisition financings, first and second lien credit facilities, asset-based financings, mezzanine financings, equipment financings, construction loans, workouts and restructurings.

In addition, she has represented REIT clients in the negotiation of debt arrangements and routinely represents private equity funds both in acquisition financings as borrowers and in mezzanine financings as lenders.

By thinking creatively with her clients, Leslie works to close deals with successful outcomes that go beyond the numbers to the broader business objectives. For borrowers, this means strategic and efficient access to capital while maintaining maximum operational flexibility in debt arrangements. For lenders, it means effectively managing risk while simultaneously entering into a successful, mutually beneficial relationship with the borrower. Leslie's success with her commercial practice extends to include frequent collaboration with attorneys in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group.

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Tennessee Bar Association — Business Law Section; Health Law Section

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American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

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Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2013-2016)

Tennessee Law Review — Editor-in-Chief

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