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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: Verizon Data Breach Impacts 1.5 Million Customers

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April 8, 2016

In late March 2016, it was reported that hackers had accessed a database of Verizon Enterprise Services and acquired information affecting 1.5 million of its customers. Although breaches are reported daily, this one is notable because it drives home the adage that the question isn't "Will a breach will occur?", but rather "When will a breach occur?". Also, it highlights that devoting significant resources to security cannot create impenetrable protections. It is impossible to imagine that Verizon's cybersecurity systems are anything other than extensive and robust. Verizon is a major player providing cybersecurity solutions to business and government customers, data breach response assistance, and publishes extensively on cybersecurity issues. This hack provides one more reminder that even the most secure technical systems can only do so much. Importantly, as we noted in a recent Privacy Perils posting, vigilant, diligent individuals are crucial to a strong cyber defense.

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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