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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: Preparing for a Data Breach

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November 20, 2015

It is critical that all companies have in place a data breach response plan which includes the names of all persons charged with response duties, sets out each person's tasks, states when and in what order those tasks should be done, and identifies which outside parties (e.g., law enforcement authorities, media relations personnel, breach response consultants) should be contacted after breach discovery.

Of course, simply having a plan in place is of little value if not kept current, and regularly tested. A recent industry-recognized study found that a majority of businesses surveyed had a data breach response plan in place, but many were not confident in their response and did not practice their plan through discussions or drills. In the words of Peter Drucker, "Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work." It is important that each business not only have in place a robust breach response plan, but be ready to put that plan into action on a moment's notice.

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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