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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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Tony McFarland Outlines 4 Steps Companies Can Follow for a Strong Cybersecurity Program

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July 6, 2017

In the wake of the May 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack, Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Tony McFarland authored an article in which he outlined a four-step plan that companies can undertake to establish a strong cybersecurity program. "Corporate counsel who understand cyber risk and mitigation measures are in a prime position to ensure that leadership at all levels communicates and reinforces that message throughout the company," Tony noted. The WannaCry attack is an urgent reminder for businesses to ensure resources are invested in a strong cybersecurity program; these four steps will help establish a cybersecurity plan and ease the stress of sifting through the increasing number of cybersecurity warnings and recommendations.

  • Step 1 – Training: Businesses should administer ongoing cybersecurity training to employees, extending from senior management to new hires. 
  • Step 2 – Maintaining the cybersecurity program: Administrators should sustain the established cybersecurity program by applying software updates, and ensuring appropriate firewalls and intrusion detection systems are in place. 
  • Step 3 – Testing the program: Businesses should undergo regular third-party and internal penetration testing to detect security issues and to raise cybersecurity awareness, as well as cast fake phishing emails to its own employees. 
  • Step 4 – Repeating the steps: This ensures good cybersecurity practices are continued as cyber threats evolve, regulations change and new testing methods develop. 

The full article, "Cybersecurity After WannaCry," was published by ALM's The Corporate Counselor on July 1, 2017, and is available online (subscription required) or the PDF below.

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