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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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F. Mitchell Walker, Jr.

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Nashville
(615) 742-6275 TEL
(615) 742-2775 FAX

F. Mitchell Walker, Jr.

Member

Nashville
(615) 742-6275 TEL
(615) 742-2775 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6275 TEL
(615) 742-2775 FAX

Mitch Walker focuses on representation of public companies and underwriters in public offerings and in mergers and acquisitions. Mitch works with boards of directors, officers, executives, special committees, loan issuers and underwriters on matters from the financial services, food and beverage, real estate and retail sectors.

His practice involves:

  • Corporate Finance – Works with both issuers and underwriters on capital formation via public offerings of both equity and debt securities; and assists his publicly traded clients on financings including credit facilities and asset securitizations;
  • Corporate Governance – Advises boards of directors or special committees with respect to corporate governance issues; counsels special committees on corporate restructurings, management led buy outs, and investigations of accounting irregularities; represents the independent directors of a group of sixty-five mutual funds advised by one of the nation's largest investment advisory firms; and,
  • Mergers & Acquisitions – Represents clients with respect to a wide variety of merger and acquisition transactions including privately negotiated and auction process transactions; acquisitions or divestitures of operating subsidiaries or divisions; and, acquisitions requiring raising the necessary capital to finance the purchase price.

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Chambers USA — Corporate/M&A (2004-2017)

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2015); Nashville Securities Regulation "Lawyer of the Year" (2013, 2012); Nashville Mutual Funds Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2012); Nashville Securities/Capital Markets Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2011)

Best Lawyers in America® — Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Mutual Funds Law; Securities/Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation (2003-2018)

Who's Who Legal Corporate: Merger & Acquisition

Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2009, 2011-2016)

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

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

Phi Delta Phi

Patrick Wilson Scholar in Law (1979-1982)

Vanderbilt Law Review — Member (1980-1982)

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