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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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James C. Gooch

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Nashville
(615) 742-6247 TEL
(615) 742-2747 FAX

James C. Gooch

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6247 TEL
(615) 742-2747 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6247 TEL
(615) 742-2747 FAX

Applying his nearly 50 years of experience, James Gooch helps individuals and families design business succession plans, gifting strategies and other estate plans in a tax efficient manner. Planning for life transitions, such as exiting a business or an unexpected death or disability, is often increasingly complicated for high net worth individuals and their family members. Whether working with individuals, fiduciaries and/or beneficiaries of an estate, James helps clients make critical – and often emotional – decisions about the protection and administration of trusts and estates.

Applying his nearly 50 years of experience, James Gooch helps individuals and families design business succession plans, gifting strategies and other estate plans in a tax efficient manner. Planning for life transitions, such as exiting a business or an unexpected death or disability, is often increasingly complicated for high net worth individuals and their family members. Whether working with individuals, fiduciaries and/or beneficiaries of an estate, James helps clients make critical – and often emotional – decisions about the protection and administration of trusts and estates.

James works directly with clients to solve complicated estate planning issues, both tax and non-tax related. His practice includes:

  • Business succession planning
  • Transfers of family businesses
  • Gifting programs
  • Charitable techniques
  • Life insurance strategies
  • General tax planning. 

James regularly provides clients with estate administration services, including assisting personal representatives with administration of estates, preparing state and federal estate and inheritance tax returns, and representing estates with respect to tax audits or other controversies.

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Nashville Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association — Tax Section, Chairman (1983)

American Bar Association — Taxation Section

Nashville Symphony — Board of Directors, Chairman

Nashville Public Radio — Board of Directors

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Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" (2010)

Best Lawyers in America® — Trusts and Estates (1983-2018)

Lawdragon 500

Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2016)

Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers (2014, 2016)

Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers (2011, 2014, 2016)

Nashville Business Journal "Best of the Bar"

Nashville Post "Nashville's 101 Top Lawyers" (2011)

Nashville Post "In Charge" (2012)

Southern Federal Tax Institute — Board of Trustees (1993-2011)

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel — Fellow

Tennessee Federal Tax Institute — Board of Trustees (1980-1988); President (1986)

Vanderbilt Law Review — Case Editor (1966-1967)

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Delta Phi

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