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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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Bass, Berry & Sims' attorneys have served in regulatory auditor and monitor roles for some of the most preeminent companies and organizations in the world, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). As government-approved monitors, our attorneys have extensive experience evaluating and monitoring the implementation of remedial measures and internal controls following allegations of unlawful conduct or deficiencies. Our team includes former U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officials, including a former Assistant Chief of the DOJ's Fraud Section, Criminal Division; a former Criminal Chief, and a former Civil Chief in the U.S. Attorney's Office; a former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent; and, an Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) anti-corruption monitor.

Our attorneys have provided Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) assistance to companies in a variety of sectors and many of our team members have lived and worked overseas. We understand and appreciate the cultural and compliance challenges that occur in international business and the importance of achieving compliance objectives while minimizing the effect on business operations.

We have credibility with enforcers, a proven record of independence, exceptional cost-efficiency, and we satisfy each of these key criteria for FCPA monitors:

  • Demonstrated FCPA training, counseling and internal investigations experience
  • Extensive experience designing, reviewing and implementing FCPA policies, procedures and controls
  • Experienced team with access to necessary resources and the ability to deploy worldwide
  • Ready access to local counsel and resources in 120 countries with the ability to deploy worldwide through our firm's membership in Lex Mundi and SCG Legal, two of the world's leading associations of independent law firms

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