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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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Wally Dietz and Lindsey Fetzer Co-author Article on Creating Anti-corruption Compliance Programs


May 21, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys Wally Dietz and Lindsey Fetzer co-wrote the article "How-to Manual on Creating and Maintaining an Anti-corruption Compliance Program," that was published in the June 2015 issue of ACC Docket. The article was co-authored by Kristen Collier Wright, the senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, customer satisfaction at AutoZone, Inc. This article provides a detailed step-by-step approach to designing and implementing an anti-corruption compliance program, including:

  • Step 1: Senior management decides to develop and implement a compliance program
  • Step 2: Risk assessment
  • Step 3: Design of the compliance program
  • Step 4: Implementation
  • Step 5: Enforcement
  • Step 6: Monitoring and evaluation
  • Step 7: Responding to potential compliance issues

The full article, "How-to Manual on Creating and Maintaining an Anti-corruption Compliance Program," is available on the ACC Docket website or in the PDF link below.

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