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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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GovCon Blog: BRAVE Act to Provide "Preference" on VA Contracts to Contractors Who Hire Vets

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June 2, 2015

On May 18, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation (H.R. 1382) that would allow the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to give a "preference," in awarding contracts for the procurement of goods and services, to offerors who employ veterans on a full-time basis. The act was sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) and is titled, the "Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act" or the "BRAVE Act."

Currently, the VA gives preference on contracts for veteran-owned small businesses but not businesses that actively employ veterans. Under the BRAVE Act, the VA would have the power to provide and determine what preference a contractor is given based on the offeror's percentage of employees that are veterans. The Act, however, does not specify or define what sort of "preference" the VA could provide to contractors. Furthermore, the Act would allow the imposition of penalties for any contractor who willfully misrepresents the veteran status of their employees in order to receive the preference. The penalty for such misrepresentation would be debarment from contracting with the VA for at least five years. There appears to be no limitation on what types of companies can receive this preference, encompassing large and small businesses alike.

The BRAVE Act was received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs on May 20.

Read more about government contracts on www.BassBerryGovConTrade.com.


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