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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: Dynamic Password Banning – The End of "Letmein123!"

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June 3, 2016

Despite recommendations by IT professionals and requirements for "strong" passwords, people continue to compromise accounts and systems by using passwords that are easily guessed. And, as it turns out, evidence suggests that requirements for length, complexity and period expiration cause people to react in predicable ways that may actually make passwords easier to crack

To aid in that battle against bad passwords, Microsoft recently announced that it will start dynamically banning common passwords. To determine which passwords are the most common, Microsoft's Identity Protection team analyzes data from major breaches and the 10 million accounts attacked daily to generate the dynamically updated banned password list. Using that same data, Microsoft is also implementing a smart password lockout that locks your account when someone tries to use those common passwords – think "abcd1234!," "letmein" or "welcome" – to enter your account.

So the next time you try to reset your Xbox password and get the error message "Choose a password that's harder for people to guess," it means the days of using the go-to passwords on this list are over. You'll need something stronger than "passw0rd" going forward.

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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