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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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Joe Crace and Elaina Al-Nimri Author Article on Minimizing Post-Closing Disputes for The M&A Lawyer

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April 27, 2017

In an article published in The M&A Lawyer, Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys Joe Crace and Elaina Al-Nimri provided insight on the topic of post-closing liability as it continues to be of interest to businesses active in the ever-changing arena of mergers and acquisitions. With analytics forecasting a big year for M&A, Joe and Elaina outline some best practices that parties should take to minimize potential liability:

  • Be as specific as possible with the terms of agreement
  • Be transparent and consistent with respect to any issues likely to give rise to a potential dispute 
  • Plan ahead for potential disputes, and consider whether ADR might be appropriate

The full article, "Done Deal! Not so Fast: Strategies for Minimizing Post-Closing Disputes," was published in the April 2017 issue of The M&A Lawyer and is available to subscribers.

This article was expanded content originally published by the firm in the Securities and Shareholder Litigation 2017: A Look Ahead report. 

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