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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: American Express - New Bait for an Old Phishing Lure

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September 30, 2016

In prior Privacy Perils, we've repeatedly warned of phishing emails seeking to obtain your confidential information that appear to come from a legitimate financial institution, but which really originate from a bad actor. According to an alert from AppRiver (summarized in an article on the site of internet security group Guru), a new, sophisticated and "well thought out" version of this scam is making the rounds. Under this variation, the typical email is received referencing supposed suspicious activity on your American Express account, and provides a link for you to enter confidential information to "ensure the safety of your account." What makes this scam particularly dangerous is that the URL link appears legitimate (containing "americanexpress.com"), includes the presumably secure "https" designation (hypertext transfer protocol over secure socket layer), and the bogus site accurately reproduces the look of American Express' site. In fact, after you have entered your confidential information on the illegitimate site, you are then directed to the official American Express homepage.

So what's a poor user to do? First, never access your bank or similar online account through an email link – open your browser and navigate directly to the site. Second, remember that your financial institution will never solicit confidential information by email.

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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