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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: Holiday Cybersecurity Warning

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December 4, 2015

In a November 30, 2015, press release, updated on December 3, 2015, in an online posting of Frequently Asked Questions VTech, a maker of digital, internet-connected toys, announced an unauthorized party accessed its Learning Lodge app store database. VTech disclosed that more than 5 million of its customer (parent) accounts, and 6 million related kid profiles were affected. Of that number, more than 2 million parent accounts, and approximately 2.9 million kid profiles, are associated with its United States customers.

VTech said none of its customers' credit card data was stored or accessed. However, VTech advised that its compromised customer database included parent names, email addresses, passwords, and secret question answers, and children's names, gender and birthdates. VTech confirmed that the breach extended to its Kid Connect service, which allows parents using a smartphone app to chat with their kids using a VTech tablet. However, because its investigation is ongoing, VTech cannot confirm at this stage whether photos and chats of children and their parents have been taken.

According to one data security professional, by linking the compromised data the hacker(s) may be able to identify the name, age and address of thousands of children.

The VTech data breach is a reminder that any information you provide online is at risk. As you make holiday purchases, especially toys for your children or children of others, be especially mindful of the personal information you disclose when setting up an account, registering a product, etc.

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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