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The M&A Advisor Winner 2017The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 16th Annual M&A Advisor Awards on Monday, November 13 at the 2017 M&A Advisor Awards. Bass, Berry & Sims was named a winner in the two categories related to the following deals:

M&A Deal of the Year (from $1B-$5B) – Acquisition of CLARCOR Inc. by Parker Hannifin Corporation

Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year (over $1B) – Acquisition of BNC Bancorp by Pinnacle Financial Partners

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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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Community Banks Win Concessions in the Federal Reserve’s Final Basel III Package

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July 3, 2013

On July 2, 2013, the Federal Reserve board of governors approved long-awaited final rules implementing the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision's Basel III rules. The package of rules, as approved, will minimize the burden on smaller, less complex financial institutions and is considered an improvement over the initially proposed rules.

Although the final rules adhered, by and large, to the initial draft proposal released last June, some aspects of the final rules were softened for community banks. For instance, community banks will be allowed to continue using the current risk weights for residential mortgage loans. Regulators also gave banks with less than $250 billion in assets a one-time opportunity to "opt-out" of a requirement to include unrealized gains and losses in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income in their capital calculation. Such banks were warned, however, that that they would not be permitted to reverse any such decision in order to avoid an opportunity for regulatory arbitrage. In addition, regulators agreed to allow bank holding companies with less than $15 billion in assets to grandfather the eligibility of trust-preferred securities as part of their Tier 1 capital. Community banks also were provided a longer transition period, with implementation starting on January 1, 2015, while larger banks must begin compliance on January 1, 2014. Unchanged from the proposed rules, and still potentially troubling to smaller financial institutions, is the requirement for a capital conservation buffer of 2.5 percent.

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