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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: Social Media - When Private Doesn't Always Mean Undiscoverable

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December 18, 2015

Social media has dramatically changed how we interact with each other. The digital footprint left by individuals on sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube is at the forefront of today's litigation. It is standard practice today to use social media sites as evidence to research parties; establish or refute facts; determine or rebut state of mind or health; and identify, impeach or bolster the credibility of witnesses. Courts have held there is no reasonable expectation of privacy for social media accounts, since "private" is not necessarily the same as "not public." Even when you limit who can see your photos or read your status updates, that information still may be discoverable. Practically, a requesting party is more likely to convince a court the information is discoverable if at least some part of social media content is publicly available. When a social media account is not publicly available, discovery is much less likely. Keep this in mind when posting on social media websites, and ensure that you have implemented appropriate privacy settings.

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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