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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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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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Brook Lathram and Jonathan Nelson Author Article on Tennessee Rule of Evidence 404(b)

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January 13, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys Brook Lathram and Jonathan Nelson authored the article, "The Time is Right to Amend Rule 404(b)," that was published in the Fall 2014 (Volume 45, Number 1) issue of the The University of Memphis Law Review. In the article, Brook and Jonathan analyze the definition of "person" established by the Tennessee Supreme Court's 2002 decision in State v. Stevens. In 2014, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the Channon Christian Act to abrogate, in part, the definition issued in Stevens. Brook and Jonathan argue that, while the latest Act is commendable, the Supreme Court Rules Advisory Commission should go further and propose to the Tennessee Supreme Court an amendment to Tennessee Rule 404(b) that makes clear that the rule applies in both civil and criminal cases and without regard to whether the "other acts" are those of a party or non-party.

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