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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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Associate Attorney General Sheds Light on the DOJ's Application of Individual Liability and Corporate Cooperation Credit in FCA cases

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June 27, 2016

Since September 2015, United States Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates's Memorandum (Yates Memo) has been the topic of intense discussion within the legal community, generating a wide range of views on its impact on FCA investigations and litigation. Acting Associate Attorney General Bill Baer recently delivered remarks at the ABA's 11th National Institute on Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement, which addressed the Yates Memo and some of the questions it has generated. 

Baer opened his speech by highlighting trends in FCA enforcement. The Government and relators filed more than 630 new qui tam matters in 2015 and more than 4,700 qui tam matters since 2009. Since 2009, the Government has recovered over $29.5 billion for all FCA matters, and relators have received awards topping $3 billion for identifying and helping to prosecute FCA violations. Baer used these statistics not only to reaffirm the DOJ's commitment to FCA enforcement, but also to segue into a deeper discussion of the application of the Yates Memo.

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