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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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Susan V. Sidwell

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Nashville
(615) 742-6264 TEL
(615) 742-0463 FAX

Susan V. Sidwell

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6264 TEL
(615) 742-0463 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6264 TEL
(615) 742-0463 FAX

Susan Sidwell represents businesses in a variety of capital raising endeavors, from WKSIs that frequently access the market to newly formed entities raising their initial capital. For more than 25 years, Susan has advised private companies on preparing to go public and public companies on ongoing SEC compliance, corporate governance issues and compliance with various stock exchanges. In addition, she helps clients with regulatory and fiduciary obligations in the context of strategic transactions such as mergers, going private transactions and tender offers. Susan applies her accounting background to assist clients with the technical side of securities work, guiding clients through complex SEC filings. Throughout her career she has worked with clients in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, life sciences and biotechnology, real estate, insurance software, technology and others. Her practice includes:

  • Capital Markets – Advising clients on registration statements for IPOs and secondary offerings, universal shelves, TIPs offerings, and ATM offerings; and private placements of securities, as well as on the filing requirements for mergers of public companies.
  • Public Company Advisory – Counseling companies on a variety of public company issues such as corporate governance, fiduciary duties, shareholder proposals, ongoing SEC compliance and issues involving listings on the NYSE, NASDAQ and other exchanges.
  • Executive Compensation – Representing clients on aspects of equity-based compensation arrangements, corporate governance relating to compensation and compensation committees, employment agreements, compensation issues in mergers and acquisitions, director compensation and retention and non-competition agreements; and advising on all issues relating to the disclosure of compensation arrangements under the federal securities laws, including under proxy, Section 16 and '34 Act rules.

Prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Susan was a shareholder at Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner, P.C.

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Best Lawyers in America® — Securities/Capital Markets (2013-2018)

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