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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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Senate Approves Legislation to Encourage Disclosure of Online Threats Despite Opposition

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October 28, 2015

On October 27, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) (S. 754) by a 74-21 vote. This legislation is intended to prevent cyberattacks by encouraging companies to share information related to cyber threats with other companies as well as the federal government. As discussed in a previous update, the U.S. House of Representatives passed similar legislation in April. Lawmakers from the Senate and the House now will work in conference in the coming weeks to consolidate the bills before presenting to President Obama for his signature.

Though the White House and supporters such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Bankers Association favor this legislation, several high-tech firms, industry trade groups and privacy advocates have cautioned against the bill. Most notably, high-profile tech companies such as Apple, Dropbox, Twitter, Reddit and Yelp believe the bill will allow the federal government to conduct surveillance on their users' private information. Though CISA co-sponsors Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have said that the bill includes provisions to protect customer data, opponents of CISA believe it is fundamentally flawed and offers little benefits, if any. It is unclear how Congress will reconcile these pending measures, though privacy advocates hope for stronger limitations on the usage of information by the federal government.

Bass, Berry & Sims will continue to monitor and provide updates as we track cybersecurity legislation. If you have questions regarding the potential effects of this legislation, or any other cybersecurity concerns related to your organization, please contact an attorney on our Data Security & Privacy Team.


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