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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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Tony McFarland Authors Article on Cyberthreats for Community Banks

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December 3, 2015

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Tony McFarland authored an article providing guidance to leaders of financial institutions, particularly those affiliated with community banks, on potential cybersecurity threats. Hacking incidents are often mistaken as strictly a big-bank problem. In reality, community banks may be at a greater risk. As Tony explains in the article, "cybercriminals target the [community] bank's funds rather than those of its customers," and hinder a bank's ability to serve its customers by, for example, limiting their online account access. The article also outlines proactive measures the leaders can take to avoid a cybersecurity breach and, consequently, costly cyber liability.

The full article, "These Cyberthreats May Be Coming to a Local Bank Near You," was published as a "BankThink" column by American Banker on December 2, 2015 and is available online. The article also was featured in the publication's BankThink newsletter on December 3, 2015.


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