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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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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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Shelley R. Thomas

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Nashville
(615) 742-7900 TEL
(615) 248-4259 FAX

Shelley R. Thomas

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-7900 TEL
(615) 248-4259 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7900 TEL
(615) 248-4259 FAX

Clients rely on Shelley Thomas for the development, commercialization, transfer and protection of intellectual property assets. Shelley advises clients on intellectual property and technology issues related to mergers and acquisitions; license agreements; software-as-a-service; ASP and cloud hosting contracts; supply; distribution and reseller agreements and online and offline marketing and content syndication. She represents private and public companies in a variety of industries including healthcare, automotive, media, lifestyle, financial services, retail, consumer products and e-commerce.

Shelley's practice involves:

  • Health Information Technology (HIT) Contracts - Relying on her significant experience in HIT and the healthcare industry, Shelley negotiates a variety of technology contracts for providers as well as HIT vendors and routinely counsels clients on issues related to management of data, and the associated privacy, security, liability, and contractual concerns of HIT contracts. Recently, she has led several major health systems and academic institutions through the licensing and implementation of interoperable HIT and electronic health records (EHR) systems.
  • Mergers & Acquisitions - Shelley performs technology and intellectual property due diligence in mergers and acquisitions and evaluates intellectual property in support of intellectual capital management. In the last two years, she has advised clients in more than 100 transactions, including Luminex Corporation's (NASDAQ: LMNX) acquisition of Gentura DX, Inc., which won the M&A Advisor's "M&A Deal of the Year" award.
  • Technology Agreements - Shelley drafts and negotiates vendor and client-side agreements and contracts including licensing, hosting, distribution, reseller and outsourcing agreements for clients in a variety of industries. She also structures, drafts and negotiates agreements to effect volumes of technology transfers, strategic alliances, collaborations and joint ventures.
  • Media & Content Syndication – Shelley counsels clients in myriad industries on online and offline marketing initiatives including social media, advertising claims and other aspects of brand promotion. She also represents clients in content syndication deals with global brands like Hulu, Roku, Amazon, MSN and Yahoo!

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Best Lawyers in America® — Copyright Law (2016-2018)

Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2014-2016)

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