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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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Attorneys Offer Insight on Supreme Court's Interpretation of "Actual Fraud" Under the Bankruptcy Code

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August 3, 2016

Bloomberg BNA's Bankruptcy Law Reporter published an article by Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys John Speer and Michael Kapellas providing insight on the recent Supreme Court decision, Husky International Electronics v. Ritz. The Court's ruling resolved a conflict among the First, Seventh and Fifth Circuits regarding the non-dischargeability of debts "obtained by … actual fraud." The Court determined that "actual fraud" preventing discharge does not require a false representation. The article explains the Court's analysis that shifts the balance between the "fresh start" goal of bankruptcy and the non-dischargeability of a debt and the issue the Court left unanswered concerning the interpretation of a part of the Code's non-dischargeability provision that will determine the impact of the Court's decision.

The full article, "False Representations No Longer Required to Prove 'Actual Fraud' Under the Bankruptcy Code," was published by Bloomberg BNA on August 2, 2016, and is available online or in the PDF below.

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