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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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Bob F. Thompson

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Nashville
(615) 742-6262 TEL
(615) 742-2762 FAX

Bob F. Thompson

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6262 TEL
(615) 742-2762 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6262 TEL
(615) 742-2762 FAX

In his almost 40 years practicing law, Bob Thompson has counseled financial institutions, including banks and bank holding companies, insurance holding companies and investment banking firms and hedge funds, in acquisitions, capital market transactions, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. He recently advised one of the largest managed care companies in the U.S. when it was acquired for more than $8 billion, and he currently represents two of the three largest publicly held bank holding companies headquartered in Tennessee.

Bob has been recognized by Chambers USA as someone who "'is highly regarded for his longstanding expertise in both transactional and regulatory matters. He is held in high regard as a 'high-quality banking and finance lawyer' and is described by one source as 'the most respected and experienced financial services attorney in the state.'" (from Chambers USA 2017).

In his almost 40 years practicing law, Bob Thompson has counseled financial institutions, including banks and bank holding companies, insurance holding companies and investment banking firms and hedge funds, in acquisitions, capital market transactions, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. He recently advised one of the largest managed care companies in the U.S. when it was acquired for more than $8 billion, and he currently represents two of the three largest publicly held bank holding companies headquartered in Tennessee.

Bob has been recognized by Chambers USA as someone who "'is highly regarded for his longstanding expertise in both transactional and regulatory matters. He is held in high regard as a 'high-quality banking and finance lawyer' and is described by one source as 'the most respected and experienced financial services attorney in the state.'" (from Chambers USA 2017).

Bob's practice involves:

  • Financial Institutions – Counseling public and private financial institutions in merger and acquisitions, branch sales and purchases, and capital market transactions, including offerings of debt and equity securities); advising on a wide range of regulatory compliance, including securities disclosure, executive compensation, various bank regulatory compliance and enforcement issues; and advising boards of directors and board committees.
  • Corporate & Securities – Representing underwriters and issuers in public offerings and private placements, advising on merger and acquisition transactions; tender offers and proxy contests and counseling executives, boards and board committees on executive compensation, corporate governance and financial reporting matters.

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Nashville Bar Association — Ethics Committee

Tennessee Bar Association

American Bar Association — Banking Law Committee, Federal Regulation of Securities Committee

Tennessee Bankers Association — Lawyers Committee

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

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Chambers USA — Banking & Finance, Senior Statesman (2015-2017); Banking & Finance: Regulatory, Senior Statesman (2015-2017); Banking & Finance (2008-2015);  Banking & Finance: Regulatory (2008, 2011-2014); Corporate/M&A (2004-2006)

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2014); Nashville Mutual Funds Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2013); Nashville Securities / Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2012); Nashville Mergers and Acquisitions "Lawyer of the Year" (2011)

Best Lawyers in America® — Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law (1993-2018)

Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2017)

Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers (2013-2014)

Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers (2013-2014)

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

Nashville Post "In Charge" (2012-2013)

Nashville Post "Nashville's 101 Top Lawyers" (2011)

Tennessee Securities Act (1980); Tennessee Regional Reciprocal Banking Act (1985); Tennessee Reciprocal Banking Act (1990) — Drafting Committee Member

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