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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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John S. Golwen

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Memphis
(901) 543-5903 TEL
(866) 627-4696 FAX

John S. Golwen

Member

Memphis
(901) 543-5903 TEL
(866) 627-4696 FAX
Memphis
(901) 543-5903 TEL
(866) 627-4696 FAX

John Golwen focuses his practice on business litigation and serves as the Managing Partner of the Memphis office. He represents a wide variety of businesses including healthcare, financial, retail, service, energy, construction and transportation companies. He also routinely represents business owners, management and directors. As a seasoned trial lawyer and chair of the firm's Business Disputes Practice Group, John sees litigation strategy as inherently tied to risk management, problem solving and strategic planning. He regularly represents parties as counsel in settlement negotiations, judicial settlement conferences, mediations and arbitrations in commercial disputes, class actions and trials.

John Golwen focuses his practice on business litigation and serves as the Managing Partner of the Memphis office. He represents a wide variety of businesses including healthcare, financial, retail, service, energy, construction and transportation companies. He also routinely represents business owners, management and directors. As a seasoned trial lawyer and chair of the firm's Business Disputes Practice Group, John sees litigation strategy as inherently tied to risk management, problem solving and strategic planning. He regularly represents parties as counsel in settlement negotiations, judicial settlement conferences, mediations and arbitrations in commercial disputes, class actions and trials.

John represents public and private companies in a wide variety of industries with matters relating to:

  • Business Disputes – Representing clients in all types of contractual and transactional disputes, including business divorces among owners of all types of business entities; commercial torts such as procurement of breach of contract, tortious interference with business relations, interference with contracts, misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of restrictive covenants.
  • Broker-Dealer & Financial Products – Providing advocacy related to shareholder disputes, customer and financial product disputes, including proprietary investment products, high-yield junk bonds, open and closed-end bond funds, and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations.

John was part of a team of trial lawyers who successfully defended a large broker-dealer in hundreds of cases arising from the failure of its proprietary investment product. He also is a certified Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator and regularly serves as an arbitrator or mediator in commercial litigation cases.

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Memberships

Memphis Bar Foundation – Fellow

Memphis Bar Association

Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. – Campaign for Equal Justice, Large Firm Fundraising Committee, Chair

Transition Team for Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland – Committee on Poverty and Child Hunger

Emmanuel Center – Board of Directors 

Love Memphis Ministries, Inc. – Board Member

Pure Youth Alliance, Inc. – Board Member

Regional One Health Foundation – Board Member (2013-2015)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Inc. – Central Board of Directors; Steak & Burger Event, Chair (2001)

Oakhaven Boys & Girls Club – Chairman of the Board (2012-2016)

The Phoenix Club – President (1996)

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Accolades

Best Lawyers in America® — Memphis Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year" (2017); Memphis Litigation: Securities "Lawyer of the Year" (2013)

Best Lawyers in America® — Arbitration; Commercial Litigation; Litigation: Banking and Finance; Litigation: Securities (2010-2018)

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2013-2016)

The Phoenix Club – Mednikow Award 

Tennessee Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution — Rule 31 Mediator

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, Law Clerk (1990)

Washington & Lee Law Review — Editor

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