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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: Beware of Disabling Pop-up Blockers

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February 19, 2016

Pesky pop-up ads are an annoyance everyone who searches the internet faces at some point. To avoid these irritating and often unwanted messages, users turn to ad-blockers for help; however, a growing number of websites are forcing visitors to turn off their ad-blockers to gain access to the site's content. While you may think that doing so would be harmless on a trusted site, think twice, weigh the risks and be careful. While a site may control its own content, it doesn't necessarily control or police its advertisers' content. 

Consider an issue that arose with the Forbes website. Upon visiting Forbes' site to read its "30 Under 30" list, a security expert had to disable his ad-blocker to view the article. Given the reputation of the Forbes brand, one might not hesitate to turn off such a blocker, and this expert did just that. However, not only did doing so allow him to read the article, it also infected his computer with malware that could impair its operation, and steal private data such as banking information and passwords. 

While computer threats are an unfortunate reality, there are several ways to mitigate your risk. Security software is a users' most important defensive tool, but you must keep that software updated. Adjust your web browser's security settings to minimize unwelcome intrusions. Finally, trust your instincts and be careful what you click.

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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