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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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Attorneys Featured in Guest Post for The D&O Diary Analyzing the Application of the Common Interest Doctrine

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February 28, 2017

In a guest post for The D&O Diary, Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys Joe Crace and Britt Latham examined the potential pitfalls of sharing privileged information during due diligence of a prospective merger. The article, which originally published in the firm's annual Securities & Shareholder Litigation 2017: A Look Ahead, discussed the impact of a decision by the New York Court of Appeals that narrowed the application of the common interest doctrine under New York law, causing New York to diverge from Delaware and other jurisdictions that use the doctrine to extend attorney-client privilege to certain communications between parties to an M&A transaction. The article examines the ruling, its impact and best practices in the year ahead as a result of the decision.

The full article, "Pitfalls of Sharing Privileged Information During Due Diligence," was published by The D&O Diary on February 28, 2017, and is available online.


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