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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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Mary Beth Fortugno

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Nashville
(615) 742-7739 TEL
(615) 248-4076 FAX

Mary Beth Fortugno

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-7739 TEL
(615) 248-4076 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7739 TEL
(615) 248-4076 FAX

Mary Beth Fortugno represents healthcare providers in a variety of industry sectors including four of the nation's leading hospital companies and specialty pharmacies. She focuses her practice on transactions, managed care contracting, healthcare regulatory matters, operations and investigations. Having managed matters ranging from licensure diligence and new applications to major transactions and fraud and abuse investigations, Mary Beth has built a reputation within the industry for her knowledge and operational guidance. As former operations counsel to IASIS Healthcare, an acute-care hospital company, she brings first-hand experience to healthcare clients.

Mary Beth helps clients find solutions to complex regulatory, contracting, operational and transactional issues. Her practice involves:

  • Contracting, Regulatory & Operational Matters – Counseling hospitals, specialty pharmacies and other healthcare providers on a wide range of matters related to including Anti-Kickback Statute and self-referral laws, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), licensure, certification, managed care contracting and other operational, contracting and regulatory issues.
  • Healthcare Mergers, Acquisitions & Dispositions – Providing counsel in structuring transactions and the acquisition and disposition of healthcare providers and companies.
  • Compliance and Government Investigations – Assisting healthcare clients in responding to governmental inquiries relating to Medicare and Medicaid fraud and the False Claims Act.

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American Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) — Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group, Chair (2015-2017), Vice Chair Education (2014-2015)

Harry Phillips American Inn of Court

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Chambers USA — Healthcare, Recognized Practitioner (2015-2017)

Best Lawyers in America® — Health Care Law (2013-2018)

Journal of Transnational Law — Associate Editor

Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Award — Administrative Law; Federal Tax; Professional Responsibility

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