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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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Amy Worrell Sterling

Senior Litigation Attorney

Memphis
(901) 543-5706 TEL
(866) 422-6497 FAX

Amy Worrell Sterling

Senior Litigation Attorney

Memphis
(901) 543-5706 TEL
(866) 422-6497 FAX
Memphis
(901) 543-5706 TEL
(866) 422-6497 FAX

Amy Worrell Sterling joined Bass, Berry & Sims in October 2007 as an associate in the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Previously, she was an associate with Tate Lazarini Brady & Davis, PLC, and she served as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Diane K. Vescovo, Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Amy primarily focuses her practice on representing brokerage firms, financial institutions, and registered representatives in securities litigation, arbitration, and regulatory matters. A significant amount of her practice has been devoted to defending customer complaints and FINRA arbitration claims related to sales practices, product failure disputes, and fraud and failure to supervise allegations. She also advises and represents clients with respect to regulatory inquiries and proceedings by the SEC, FINRA, and state regulators. Amy has negotiated settlements and employee transition matters and has counseled clients on compliance issues.

Amy Worrell Sterling joined Bass, Berry & Sims in October 2007 as an associate in the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Previously, she was an associate with Tate Lazarini Brady & Davis, PLC, and she served as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Diane K. Vescovo, Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Amy primarily focuses her practice on representing brokerage firms, financial institutions, and registered representatives in securities litigation, arbitration, and regulatory matters.  A significant amount of her practice has been devoted to defending customer complaints and FINRA arbitration claims related to sales practices, product failure disputes, and fraud and failure to supervise allegations.  She also advises and represents clients with respect to regulatory inquiries and proceedings by the SEC, FINRA, and state regulators.  Amy has negotiated settlements and employee transition matters and has counseled clients on compliance issues.  

In addition, Amy has general business litigation experience, having represented clients in state and federal court on matters involving commercial lease disputes, breach of contract disputes, business torts, consumer protection, ERISA and employment issues, and other business disputes.  She is skilled in coordinating and overseeing discovery and large-scale document collection, organization and production, having served as the discovery team lead on more than 300 related arbitrations handled by the firm.

Outside of the office, Amy formerly served as a board member of the University of Memphis Law Alumni board of directors, and also as a board member of the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association.  She has volunteered as a tutor at a public elementary school in the Memphis area and as a big sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis.

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Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) — Compliance & Legal Society

Memphis Bar Association — Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors (2008-2009)

University of Memphis Law Alumni — Board of Directors (2007-2010)

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University of Memphis Law Review — Senior Notes and Comments Editor (2005-2006)

University of Memphis Advanced Moot Court Competition — Champion and Best Brief (2004)

Dean's Award for Academic Excellence in Legal Methods — Best Oral Advocate (2004)

Dean's Distinguished Service Award

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