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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: What Data You Provide Online Could be Disclosed

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October 30, 2015

Judy Holliday's character Emma "Billie" Dawn in 1950's Born Yesterday famously stated, "Never do nothing you wouldn't want printed on the front page of The New York Times." In July, hackers stole troves of user data from the infamous AshleyMadison website, an electronic marketplace for individuals soliciting extramarital affairs. The hackers threatened to release this data unless Avid Life Media Inc., the owner and operator of Ashley Madison, ceased providing its services. Making good on their threat, the hackers released a significant amount of customer-identifying data. This salacious event is an important reminder that any website, club, organization, political party, or social cause which has gathered and stored electronic data about you might be hacked, and your interest or participation publicly disclosed.

You decide what causes or organizations or companies you support or frequent. We only suggest that you be aware and weigh the risks of disclosure before submitting any personally-identifying data. Remember Judy.

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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