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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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Labor Talk Blog: Another Protection for Gun Owners

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August 16, 2016

In a case arising out of Mississippi, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled recently that terminating an employee for possessing a firearm in a legally permissible manner violates the "public policy" exception to employee at will. In Swindol v. Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, (2016 BL 255951, Case No. 14-60779 5th Cir. August 8, 2016), the federal court had previously asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to answer a certified question about the effect of Mississippi Code Section 45-9-55 on the traditional employment-at-will rule in that state. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that the Mississippi statute, which makes terminating an employee for having a firearm inside his locked vehicle on company property "legally impermissible," falls within the "public policy" exception to the employment-at-will rule.

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