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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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Cynthia N. Sellers

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Nashville
(615) 742-6255 TEL
(615) 742-0409 FAX

Cynthia N. Sellers

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6255 TEL
(615) 742-0409 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6255 TEL
(615) 742-0409 FAX

As chair of the firm's Real Estate and Commercial Finance Practice Group, Cindy is a deal lawyer with nearly 30 years of experience representing banks, public and private companies and investors in a variety of financial transactions. She has a concentration in healthcare lending, with a focus on syndicated transactions and in real estate lending. In the last three years, Cindy has closed more than $1.1 billion in syndicated loan transactions, more than $1.8 billion in borrower side deals, and additional finance deals exceeding $1.1 billion.

As chair of the firm's Real Estate and Commercial Finance Practice Group, Cindy is a deal lawyer with nearly 30 years of experience representing banks, public and private companies and investors in a variety of financial transactions. She has a concentration in healthcare lending, with a focus on syndicated transactions and in real estate lending. In the last three years, Cindy has closed more than $1.1 billion in syndicated loan transactions, more than $1.8 billion in borrower side deals, and additional finance deals exceeding $1.1 billion.

With experience in syndicated senior credit facilities, mezzanine finance deals, asset based loans and commercial real estate financings, Cindy's practice involves:

  • Healthcare Finance – Partners with her healthcare colleagues to bring a depth of understanding and practical approach to finance matters uniquely effecting regulated healthcare companies.
  • Debt Finance – Advises on syndicated credit facility transactions, representing both the Administrative Agent and the borrower, bringing an understanding of what is important to both parties and why.
  • Real Estate Finance – Represents lenders in retail, multi-family and office real estate and construction loans

Cindy advises clients through all aspects of financing transactions, including negotiation of loan documents, due diligence and resolution of issues presented pre-closing, advising business clients regarding the impact of loan requirements or conditions, advising clients through the life of the loan as business opportunities or challenges arise, and working with lenders and companies on the downside of loans if they are not repaid as planned. She also collaborates with the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group on large corporate transactions that involve complex finance issues.

Formerly assistant general counsel at Bank of America, Cindy was responsible for supporting Tennessee, Georgia and the Northeast in all aspects of real estate lending and mezzanine financing.

Cindy has also assisted immigrants, tenants and young entrepreneurs in navigating legal requirements, contracts and various legal disputes on a pro bono basis. 

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Chambers USA — Banking & Finance (2008-2017)

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Commercial Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2018, 2012); Nashville Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2017); Nashville Commercial Transactions/UCC Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2015)

Best Lawyers in America® — Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Finance Law; Commercial Transactions/UCC Law; Real Estate Law (2003-2018)

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2010-2011)

Nashville Business Journal "Best of the Bar" (2011-2013)

Nashville Bar Foundation — Fellow

University of Tennessee College of Law — Alumni Advisory Council

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