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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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Privacy Perils: The Risk of Jailbreaking Mobile Devices

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October 23, 2015

Mobile device users beware: if you jailbreak a device, some security features will be disabled increasing the potential for security breaches. For the uninitiated, jail-breaking removes hardware restrictions and other protections in mobile device operating systems. It opens access to the device's inner workings – hidden features and functions, advanced settings – and allows installation of third party software not vetted by company app stores. Although risks exist for all devices, jail-breaking them opens the door to increased risk of security breaches such as the installation of malware and spyware that can steal personal information. It may also may void warranties, cause device malfunctions and, done incorrectly, can "brick" your device (a very bad thing).

To preserve the security features of your devices, we urge readers not to jail-break those devices and to keep your device operating system up to date.

Privacy Perils imageCheck out our series, Privacy Perils, to learn what steps you can take to guard your personal and company data. For more information about this topic and other cyber security concerns, please contact Bob Brewer, Tony McFarland, Elizabeth Warren or a member of our Privacy & Data Security team.

 


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