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The M&A Advisor Winner 2017The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 16th Annual M&A Advisor Awards on Monday, November 13 at the 2017 M&A Advisor Awards. Bass, Berry & Sims was named a winner in the two categories related to the following deals:

M&A Deal of the Year (from $1B-$5B) – Acquisition of CLARCOR Inc. by Parker Hannifin Corporation

Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year (over $1B) – Acquisition of BNC Bancorp by Pinnacle Financial Partners

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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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Terry Clark and Brian Iverson Author Article on Willful Infringement Standard in Patent Cases

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April 18, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys Terry Clark and Brian Iverson authored an article outlining two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court that could significantly impact patent infringement lawsuits. The cases, Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. and Stryker Corporation v. Zimmer, Inc., challenge the standard for proving willful infringement in patent liability cases and will hopefully set a standard that strikes a balance for all parties involved in these types of suits. As Terry and Brian point out in the article, "[i]f the Court sets too high a standard for willful infringement, it might encourage pirating—or deliberate and intentional copying of intellectual property.... Too low a standard, however, could raise the barriers for small startup innovators and feed the trolls."

The full article, "Thoughts on Changing the Willful Patent Infringement Standard," was published in the March/April 2016 issue of IP Litigator and is available in the PDF below.

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