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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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Government Advocacy & Public Policy

We serve as effective advocates of our clients' interests in matters where government and business intersect, including lobbying Tennessee's legislative and executive branches of government. The firm's attorneys and staff represent clients in their business relationships with the agencies of state government, from the General Assembly to the many executive branch departments, agencies, boards and commissions.

Our clients include Tennessee's internationally known distillery of Tennessee Whiskey, healthcare companies, insurers, banks and other financial institutions, utilities and others. The firm also has been a leader in public policy issues such as tort reform.

We serve as effective advocates of our clients' interests in matters where government and business intersect, including lobbying Tennessee's legislative and executive branches of government. The firm's attorneys and staff represent clients in their business relationships with the agencies of state government, from the General Assembly to the many executive branch departments, agencies, boards and commissions.

Our clients include Tennessee's internationally known distillery of Tennessee Whiskey, healthcare companies, insurers, banks and other financial institutions, utilities and others. The firm also has been a leader in public policy issues such as tort reform.

The firm appears regularly in support of clients' interest in the state of Tennessee, including:

  • State government purchasing and contracting
  • State and federal political action committees and government ethics
  • Ethics Commission and Registry of Election Finances on lobbyist and campaign issues
  • Department of Economic and Community Development on business relocation and state and local tax incentives, abatements and tax increment financing
  • Environmental regulators on enforcement, licensure and rule-making matters
  • Department of Revenue on state and local tax disputes and assessment appeals
  • Department of Financial Institutions on banking and other regulatory matters
  • Department of Commerce and Insurance on insurance licensure and rate-setting matters
  • Department of Commerce and Insurance on state securities topics
  • Department of Health on licensure and regulatory matters
  • Tennessee Occupational and Safety Administration and other labor and employment regulators
  • Attorney General investigations and inquiries
  • Tennessee Regulatory Authority on telecommunications and other regulated matters

Richard Lodge, Erica Bell Vick and Jennie Brooks Corley are registered lobbyists for the firm's clients in the state of Tennessee. Dick Lodge has been recognized by Business Tennessee magazine as one of the most effective, top-tier lobbyists for business interests. A current list of the firm's lobbyist registrations can be found on the Tennessee Ethics Commission website. Brant Phillips and Erica Bell Vick are the co-authors of the Tennessee chapter of the Thomson/West Lobbying, PACs and Campaign Finance: 50 State Handbook. In 2015, the Government Advocacy & Public Policy practice was ranked one of the top in the state of Tennessee by the Southern Political Report Magazine.

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