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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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Paige Mills Outlines Modest Approach to Enforce IP Rights

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May 2, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Paige Mills authored an article for InsideCounsel on the ways owners can enforce their IP rights by using a more measured approach in today's marketplace full of social media outlets. In the article, Paige references examples of brand owners that used social media campaigns to try and stop alleged IP abusers, and in the process were labeled as "bullies." Before considering this approach, Paige suggests IP owners ask themselves a series of questions before deciding to "wake the Internet." If action is warranted, Paige recommends writing a letter to the alleged brand abuser and keep in mind the following guidelines:

  1. Write a letter that is well tailored to the facts of the current situation.
  2. If the other side has an arguable defense, address that defense on the front end and state clearly why it would not apply.
  3. Provide picture evidence.
  4. Do not make unreasonable demands.
  5. Do not claim that the letter is subject to copyright and that you will sue the recipient if he or she publishes the letter.
  6. Do not explicitly threaten to sue the alleged infringer.
  7. Do not give a drop-dead date for response.
  8. Follow up.

The full article, "How to Enforce Your IP Rights Without Waking the Internet," was published by InsideCounsel.com on April 27, 2016, and is available online or in the PDF below.

This content is part of a series of articles focused on intellectual property issues published by InsideCounsel.com and authored by Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys. Click the links below to read other articles in the series.

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