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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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E. Bruce Foster, Jr.

Member (retired)

Knoxville
(865) 521-0364 TEL
(865) 521-6234 FAX

E. Bruce Foster, Jr.

Member (retired)

Knoxville
(865) 521-0364 TEL
(865) 521-6234 FAX
Knoxville
(865) 521-0364 TEL
(865) 521-6234 FAX

Bruce Foster has practiced in the Bass, Berry & Sims office in Knoxville since it opened in 1991. His practice concentrates on general business law, litigation matters and mediation. Bruce earned B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee. He served as president of the Knoxville Bar Association and president of the Young Lawyers Conference of the Tennessee Bar Association and as a member of the Tennessee Appellate Court Nominating Commission. He served in the Tennessee State Constitutional Convention of 1977, and from 1980-81, he served as an appointed Special Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Bruce is a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society, the Lex Mundi College of Mediators and the Hamilton Burnett Inn of the American Inns of Court, which has designated him Master of the Bench. He is a mediator certified by the Tennessee Supreme Court under Rule 31, and certified by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Bruce has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 1987.

Memberships

Knoxville Bar Association — President (1980-1981)

Tennessee Bar Associations

American Judicature Society

American Inns of Court

Mediator Panel, USDC ED, Tennessee

Lex Mundi College of Mediators

Tennessee Bar Foundation — Fellow

Knoxville Bar Foundation — Fellow

Tennessee Appellate Court Nominating Commission — Member (1985-1991)

Accolades

Best Lawyers in America® — Knoxville Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2010)

Tennessee Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution — Rule 31 Mediator

Tennessee Limited Constitutional Convention — Delegate, 1977

Phi Delta Phi

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