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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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Jordana Katz Nelson

Senior Public Finance Attorney

Knoxville
(865) 521-0362 TEL
(800) 348-8154 FAX

Jordana Katz Nelson

Senior Public Finance Attorney

Knoxville
(865) 521-0362 TEL
(800) 348-8154 FAX
Knoxville
(865) 521-0362 TEL
(800) 348-8154 FAX

Jordana Nelson counsels clients in the area of commercial real estate transactions with a focus on affordable housing projects and economic incentives. Jordana brings a unique blend of experience to her practice, having served as general counsel for a public housing authority and as general counsel for a leading multi-family developer. 

Jordana's practice includes:

  • Economic Incentives – Counseling local governments and private parties on structuring tax incentives to promote economic development, including tax increment financing and tax abatements.
  • Affordable Housing – Representing public housing authorities and other developers in the acquisition, construction and/or rehabilitation of multi-family housing properties, including negotiating equity financing subsidized through Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) and HUD's Rental Assistance Demonstration program (RAD).
  • Commercial Real Estate & Finance – Representing buyers, sellers and lenders in real estate matters and commercial loans.

Upon graduating from law school in 2005, Jordana joined the Public Finance Practice Group at Bass, Berry, & Sims where she practiced for five years before pursuing a position as General Counsel and Vice President of Redevelopment for Knoxville's Community Development Corporation, responsible for its redevelopment activities, including an active tax increment financing program and redevelopment of existing public housing. Most recently, she was General Counsel of LHP Capital, LLC, a private developer and manager of multi-family housing properties, where she was responsible for general legal matters and actively involved in affordable housing projects utilizing the LIHTC program.

Memberships

American Bar Association – Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

Executive Women's Association – Executive Committee

Leadership Knoxville – Board of Directors

Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation – Board of Directors, Secretary

City Center Events – Board of Directors

Nucleus Knoxville

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Greater Knoxville Business Journal "Forty Under 40" (2010)

Tennessee Law Review – Student Materials Editor

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