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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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Lisa Rivera and Jeff Gibson Author Modern Healthcare Article on Application of Yates Memo within Healthcare Organizations

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November 14, 2016

Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys Lisa Rivera and Jeff Gibson authored a guest column for Modern Healthcare reviewing the directives of the Yates Memo as it impacts investigations related to healthcare fraud and abuse. While Lisa and Jeff contend that the enforcement outlined in the Yates Memo is merely building upon a decades-old position, "[w]hat is new, taking the Yates memo and other Obama administration directives as a whole, is a narrower, more difficult path for healthcare organizations hoping to earn 'cooperation credit' when providing information to the government."

The article also provides several practical steps for healthcare companies to implement in order to cooperate with government investigations:

  1. Creating, implementing and regularly evaluating a robust compliance program
  2. Conducting prompt, thorough internal investigations
  3. Considering the ramifications of any action on all potential enforcement fronts, including possible actions against the individuals managing or making decisions on behalf of the corporation. 

The full article, "Commentary: Raising the Bar on 'Cooperating Fully' with the Government," was published by Modern Healthcare on November 11, 2016, and is available online.


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