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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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Tony McFarland, Brian Iverson and Annie Christoff Author Article on Volcker Rule

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July 18, 2014

Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys Tony McFarland, Brian Iverson and Annie Christoff authored an article for American Banker's Bank Think blog titled "How Smaller Banks Can Avoid Volcker Rule Headaches." The article suggests that the Volcker Rule's objective of preventing speculative trading by institutions "too big to fail" may have been lost in the regulatory process when the rule was expanded to banks of all sizes. To reduce the potential compliance burdens on small and mid-sized banks, the article provides three suggestions:

  1. Study the Volcker Rule regulations carefully to understand which provisions actually apply to your institution.
  2. Consider whether it is genuinely important to engage in the activities permitted under the Volcker Rule, such as proprietary risk-mitigating hedging activities.
  3. Reduce the burden of the Volcker Rule's compliance program mandate whenever possible. 

To read the full article from July 16, click here.


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