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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: Beware of Text Scam, iPhone Users

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August 5, 2016

While SMS (text) phishing not new, there is a new scam that lowers people's guard by tapping into their dependency on Apple and iPhones. A text message informs the user that an Apple ID or iCloud account will be terminated unless updated. It lures the user to click a link, which leads to a fraudulent website to collect personal data, including name and passport information. Unsuspecting Apple-addicts then hand over their personal information to the identity thieves.

Any request of this nature should be a red flag - the legitimate Apple would never collect data in this manner, so do not click on the link if you receive a text like this or respond with your personal information! According to Apple's privacy policy, it will never ask for certain types of personal information (Social Security number, mother's maiden name, full credit card number or credit card CCV) outside of a user's account. When Apple does request personal information, it typically occurs within iTunes or an Apple ID account itself.

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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