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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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Erica Bell Vick

Senior Public Policy Advisor

Nashville
(615) 742-7901 TEL
(615) 248-8782 FAX

Erica Bell Vick

Senior Public Policy Advisor

Nashville
(615) 742-7901 TEL
(615) 248-8782 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-7901 TEL
(615) 248-8782 FAX

Erica Vick has worked on multiple landmark public policy initiatives, including enactment of the Civil Justice Act of 2011, the repeal of Tennessee's gift and inheritance taxes, and passage of a constitutional amendment resolution regarding judicial selection. Erica is legislative counsel to a number of businesses and trade associations and is a registered lobbyist with extensive experience representing the interests of financial institutions, healthcare providers, utilities, satellite television, nuclear industry services, and distilled spirits before the Tennessee General Assembly and Executive Branch.

Erica Vick has worked on multiple landmark public policy initiatives, including enactment of the Civil Justice Act of 2011, the repeal of Tennessee's gift and inheritance taxes, and passage of a constitutional amendment resolution regarding judicial selection. Erica is legislative counsel to a number of businesses and trade associations and is a registered lobbyist with extensive experience representing the interests of financial institutions, healthcare providers, utilities, satellite television, nuclear industry services, and distilled spirits before the Tennessee General Assembly and Executive Branch.

Erica's practice includes:

  • Government Advocacy & Public Affairs – Representing clients concerning new legislation, legal definitions and restrictions, business tax exemptions, rule-making proceedings, public-private partnerships, the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses, taxpayer-funded grants, elected representative awareness; participates in various administrative rule-making proceedings and appears before state agencies and commissions; manages and coordinates fundraising and campaign contributions for clients and the firm's political action committee.
  • Business Disputes – Representing companies in an assortment of cases involving breach of contract, defects in title, employment disputes, fraud and misrepresentation, violations of fiduciary duty, and other business torts.

With extensive knowledge of Tennessee campaign finance law, Erica co-authored the Tennessee chapter of the 2012 State Capital Group's Lobbying, PACs and Campaign Finance: 50 State Handbook. She has represented several pro bono clients in cases involving landlord-tenant disputes, consumer fraud, and general legal matters.

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Nashville Bar Association

Tennessee Bar Association

Lawyer's Association for Women

Tennessee Lobbyists Association — Board of Directors (2014-2016)

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Junior League of Nashville — Advocacy and Public Awareness Chair; Board of Directors (2012-2013)

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Accolades

Law Clerk to the Hon. Diane K. Vescovo, Magistrate Judge, Western District of Tennessee (2003-2004)

Tennessee Law Review — Research Editor

Phi Alpha Delta

John F. Schrankel Scholar

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