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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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Ryan Thomas Authors Guest Column on Venture Capital for Nashville Business Journal

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March 20, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims M&A and private equity attorney Ryan Thomas offered guidance for Nashville-based companies seeking funding in a guest column for Nashville Business Journal's special report on venture capital. According to Ryan, despite being among the fastest growing economies in the country, Nashville's funding gap presents a challenge for local companies seeking sizable investments. However, companies seeking larger checks of $20 million to $50 million can navigate that challenge by either creating a local syndicate of investors or looking to the coasts for large-scale investment firms. Regardless of which option a company picks, Ryan offers the following advice to build networks that help secure larger funding:

  • Develop relationships with experienced advisers;
  • Attend meetings of investment-oriented organizations; and
  • Identify and network with local and national power players of investment.

The full article, "Landing Local Capital, Big Money in Nashville," was published in the March 20 issue of the Nashville Business Journal and is available online (subscription required) or in the print edition.


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