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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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D. Mark Sheets

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Nashville
(615) 742-6258 TEL
(615) 742-2758 FAX

D. Mark Sheets

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6258 TEL
(615) 742-2758 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6258 TEL
(615) 742-2758 FAX

As past chair of the firm's Real Estate and Commercial Finance Practice Group for more than nine years, Mark Sheets brings 26 years of experience in structuring, negotiating and documenting commercial real estate transactions. Having developed into a well-rounded "dirt lawyer," Mark has established a broad background in commercial real estate, with substantial experience in virtually all aspects of acquisition, disposition, financing, sale-leaseback, development, leasing and ground leasing of a wide variety of commercial properties. Mark's client base extends to a wide variety of commercial real estate developers, owners and users, including private companies, public companies, REITS, individuals and real estate joint ventures and partnerships, in connection with properties not only in Tennessee, but throughout the country.

As past chair of the firm's Real Estate and Commercial Finance Practice Group for more than nine years, Mark Sheets brings 26 years of experience in structuring, negotiating and documenting commercial real estate transactions. Having developed into a well-rounded "dirt lawyer," Mark has established a broad background in commercial real estate, with substantial experience in virtually all aspects of acquisition, disposition, financing, sale-leaseback, development, leasing and ground leasing of a wide variety of commercial properties. Mark's client base extends to a wide variety of commercial real estate developers, owners and users, including private companies, public companies, REITS, individuals and real estate joint ventures and partnerships, in connection with properties not only in Tennessee, but throughout the country.

Mark enjoys a national real estate practice, with specific areas of emphasis including:

  • Retail Development – Representing clients in connection with the development, construction, acquisition, leasing and disposition of new and existing shopping centers, "big box" department stores, stand-alone retail stores, drug stores, lifestyle centers, restaurants, and additional retail, including mixed-use and single-tenant build-to-suit properties.
  • Sale-Leaseback – Representing both landlords and tenants in sale-leaseback transactions. In recent years, Mark has closed more than $1 billion of sale-leaseback transactions, mainly involving healthcare and industrial properties.
  • Residential Development - Representing both buyers and sellers in land acquisition for residential, multi-family and mixed-use development and representing developers in the development of such projects.
  • Healthcare Real Estate – Representing healthcare companies in the acquisition, development, financing, disposition and sale-leaseback of real estate on behalf of owners and operators of senior housing facilities, hospitals, surgery centers, medical office buildings and other healthcare businesses, often involving multisite and multistate portfolio transactions.
  • Office & Industrial – Representing clients with the acquisition, disposition or leasing of core properties, including office headquarters, warehouses, manufacturing facilities and data centers; representing landlords in connection with the leasing of retail, office and industrial space to tenants.
  • Distressed Assets – Advising clients seeking to acquire, finance, restructure or sell distressed assets and/or debt.

Mark has a thorough, yet practical, approach to his practice. To him, no two deals are the same. Because of experience gained in numerous complex transactions, Mark is able to focus on the big picture and the client's particular preferences and circumstances to develop structures and drive negotiations for each deal in a way that is tailored to the client's needs and goals.

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Nashville Bar Association

International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

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Accolades

Chambers USA — Real Estate (2005-2017)

Best Lawyers in America® — Real Estate Law (2007-2018)

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2008-2016)

Nashville Business Journal "Power Leaders of Commercial Real Estate" (2016)

Nashville Business Journal "Heavy Hitters" in Commercial Real Estate

Nashville Business Journal "Best of the Bar" (2011-2012)

Omicron Delta Kappa

Kentucky Law Journal — Notes Editor (1989-1990)

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