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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: Déjà Vu All Over Again

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September 9, 2016

In prior Privacy Perils (dated March 25, 2016, and November 13, 2015) and a client alert (dated February 4, 2015) we warned about the phishing scheme in which an email sender impersonates an actual person, usually a member of company or firm management. The bad actor requests funds be transferred to an account, typically represented to be that of a client or customer which would not seem facially inappropriate. Of course, the account is not that of the client or customer, but one controlled by the phisherman (or phisherwoman). This simplistic scheme has been so widely reported that by now you would think businesses, especially large and sophisticated ones, would be sufficiently educated about and mindful of the risk. Think again. Last week, because the email appeared to come from a top company executive in the German home office, a factory CFO for one of Europe's largest manufacturer of electrical cables and wires fell victim to this scheme and transferred overnight €40 million (~$44.7 million) to a fraudster's account. The shares of the company reportedly fell 5-7 % because of the loss.

Remember, before complying with any email request to transfer money (the company's or your own), always carefully check the email address of the sender before responding (i.e., "@bassberry.com," not "@basberry.com"), and, most importantly, pick up the phone and call the purported sender to confirm the transfer request. A short delay in sending money always beats giving it away.

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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