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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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Shepherd D. Tate

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Memphis
(901) 543-5701 TEL
(866) 422-0379 FAX

Shepherd D. Tate

Member

Memphis
(901) 543-5701 TEL
(866) 422-0379 FAX
Memphis
(901) 543-5701 TEL
(866) 422-0379 FAX

Shep is practice leader of the firm's Broker-Dealer & Financial Products Litigation Practice Group, focusing on securities litigation, arbitration, compliance and regulatory matters.

  • Securities & Shareholder Litigation – Shep represents public and private companies in the financial services industry in matters relating to governance, finance and sales practices.
  • Financial Products & Broker-Dealer – Shep has represented broker-dealers, financial institutions, investment advisers, commodities firms and registered representatives in a wide variety of disputes throughout the country, ranging from trading desk disputes, raiding and employee transition cases, breach of contract actions, sales practice cases, product failure disputes, mark-up issues, and allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. He also represents firms and associated persons in regulatory proceedings involving FINRA and state and federal securities regulators.

Shep is practice leader of the firm's Broker-Dealer & Financial Products Litigation Practice Group, focusing on securities litigation, arbitration, compliance and regulatory matters.

  • Securities & Shareholder Litigation – Shep represents public and private companies in the financial services industry in matters relating to governance, finance and sales practices.
  • Financial Products & Broker-Dealer – Shep has represented broker-dealers, financial institutions, investment advisers, commodities firms and registered representatives in a wide variety of disputes throughout the country, ranging from trading desk disputes, raiding and employee transition cases, breach of contract actions, sales practice cases, product failure disputes, mark-up issues, and allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. He also represents firms and associated persons in regulatory proceedings involving FINRA and state and federal securities regulators.

A former chair of the Securities Section of the Memphis Bar Association, Shep has spoken at numerous seminars on securities litigation and has lectured on arbitration practice at the request of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. In addition, Shep was a contributing blogger to Thomson Reuters' News & Insight Securities Law blog.

Away from the office, Shep has been active in civic affairs, serving on numerous boards and as secretary/counsel to the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Best Lawyers in America® — Memphis Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year" (2015); Memphis Litigation: Securities "Lawyer of the Year" (2014); Memphis Securities Regulation "Lawyer of the Year" (2013); Memphis Securities / Capital  Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2011)

Best Lawyers in America® — Arbitration; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation: Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Litigation: Securities; Securities Regulation (2003-2018)

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2017)

Business Tennessee "Tennessee's Best 150 Lawyers"

Tennessee Bar Foundation — Fellow

Memphis Bar Association — Fellow

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