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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: Threats of Hacktivism

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January 22, 2016

Hacktivism is defined as the act of breaking into a computer system to promote a political or social agenda. This behavior can be used to punish a business for what the hacker sees as unethical behavior or can be used to garner attention to the hacker's "cause" and spread a message to the widest possible audience. Unfortunately, this type of behavior has become quite commonplace in today's culture. In October 2015, a teenager hacked the AOL account of the director of the CIA to call attention to violence in Palestine; in early November 2015, ISIS hacked approximately 54,000 Twitter accounts to post personal information of the heads of the CIA and FBI; in December 2015 the website of an international architecture firm was hacked by an Islamic group called Green Hat, which posted a 14–minute video touting Islam and Sharia law, and questioning other religious faiths.

These and other cyber hacks have prompted more discussion of the fine line between political activism and cyber-terrorism. Whether characterized as political or criminal, most observers agree the frequency and scope of hacktivism is likely to increase. In this environment, businesses would be well-advised to reexamine the security of their websites and social media accounts. In addition, every company should have a plan in place for immediately addressing the negative attention it undoubtedly will receive in the unfortunate event it becomes a hacktivism victim.

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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