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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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Christopher G. Lazarini

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Memphis
(901) 543-5702 TEL
(866) 422-6479 FAX

Christopher G. Lazarini

Member

Memphis
(901) 543-5702 TEL
(866) 422-6479 FAX
Memphis
(901) 543-5702 TEL
(866) 422-6479 FAX

Chris Lazarini joined Bass, Berry & Sims as a Member in the Firm's Broker-Dealer and Financial Products Litigation Group in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, Chris was a founding partner of Tate Lazarini Brady & Davis, PLC in Memphis. For more than 20 years, Chris has focused his practice on the representation of broker-dealers, financial institutions and investment advisers and their registered representatives and agents. A significant amount of Chris' practice is devoted to representing independent contractor firms and their representatives in matters such as defending customer complaints and arbitration claims, responding to regulatory inquiries and charges and handling internal investigations and employee relations. Chris also counsels clients and individuals in matters relating to recruitment of registered representatives. Chris has appeared before arbitration panels and courts throughout the country, has lectured at national and local conferences at the request of clients, and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

In April 2013, Chris was selected by the Financial Services Institute (FSI) to serve on its FINRA Arbitration Task Force. The Task Force was comprised of experienced attorneys and broker-dealer executives and compliance officers who identified areas of concern with FINRA's arbitration process and proposed improvements and solutions to FINRA. In October 2014, Chris became a Senior Contributing Editor of the Securities Litigation Commentator/Alert (SLC Online). In this role, Chris contributes weekly content to the Commentator/Alert analyzing case law related to the broker-dealer industry.

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Memphis Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Foundation — Fellow

American Bar Association

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Best Lawyers in America® — Arbitration; Litigation: Securities (2008-2018)

Financial Services Institute — FINRA Arbitration Task Force

Securities Litigation Commentator/Alert (SLC Online) — Senior Contributing Editor

Memphis Bar Association — Fellow

Memphis Leadership Academy

Martindale-Hubbell — AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

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