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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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Thad McBride and Cheryl Palmeri Author Article on the Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Businesses in Cuba

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April 15, 2015

Following the historic meeting between President Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro, Upstart Business Journal published an article on April 14, 2015 by Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys Thad McBride and Cheryl Palmeri outlining the challenges and opportunities for U.S. companies considering business in Cuba. As the estranged countries work to normalize relations after years of hostility, many U.S. companies are eyeing the new marketplace. However, Thad and Cheryl warn that U.S. law continues to prohibit many transactions in Cuba or with the Cuban people, and "U.S. Businesses Face Many Practical Issues When Entering the Cuban Market." Among the potential obstacles of doing business in this regime are a Cuban prohibition on foreign investment in certain industries, dual currencies, endemic public corruption, and U.S. banks wary of processing Cuban payments. However, there are areas ripe with opportunity in Cuba, including the energy, technology, automotive, and tourism industries.

For more information on the potential challenges and opportunities for U.S. business in Cuba, click here to read the full article from the Upstart Business Journal.

A similar version of the article, "Viewpoint: ROI in Cuban Market? TBD," was published in the Washington Business Journal on June 12, 2015 and is available online.


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