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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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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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Samar Ali Examines Anticipated Changes in Internet Law under Trump Presidency

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January 6, 2017

In an article published in the January 2017 issue of Internet Law & Strategy, published by ALM's Law Journal Newsletters, Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Samar Ali offered insight on anticipated changes in internet law following the transition to a Donald Trump presidency. Among the top issues to watch will be President-elect Trump's response to pressure asking him to take a stance against President Obama's Open Internet Order (also known as "net neutrality"). While Trump has said little about his stance on the current Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Open Internet rules, his nomination for chairman of the FCC will provide a clearer picture of what could follow. At this point, it appears likely that the FCC's role will be reduced, but the chairman will have important decisions to make around whether the FCC should try to reverse net neutrality. The Open Internet rules have helped to provide internet access to rural areas, and the response from supporters in those areas could create undesired problems. 

The full article, "Internet Law in a Trump Presidency," discussing the key issues to watch in internet law, was published in the January 2017 issue of Internet Law & Strategy and is available online or in the PDF below.

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