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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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Public and private companies of all sizes across a variety of industries turn to Bass, Berry & Sims for counsel on a wide range of corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, capital markets transactions, executive compensation issues, corporate governance and shareholder activism. We serve as primary corporate and securities counsel to more than 35 public companies and have assisted many more in a number of high-profile, high-stakes engagements.

Chambers USA researchers have concluded that our corporate team is a "[p]reeminent group highly recommended for its expertise on big-ticket M&A transactions, including an increasing volume of cross-border matters. Also has a wealth of experience advising on private offerings and shareholder activism issues. Maintains an enviable reputation for its work in major healthcare deals and also highly regarded for its work in the energy, technology, retail and financial services spheres." (from Chambers USA 2017) Chambers ranked us in the highest tier in Corporate/M&A in the state of Tennessee for 15 consecutive years, with 11 of our corporate lawyers receiving individual rankings in 2017, including one of our partners who was named a Star Individual. In a previous edition, Chambers reports, "[t]he firm's performance was outstanding. I'd put them up there with the big firms globally - some of the finest attorneys I've seen." (from Chambers USA 2015)

Our Corporate & Securities attorneys are leaders in industry organizations and have been recognized for their significant contributions to clients and for their accomplishments. One of our partners is a past Chair of the 4,000-member American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, and other members of our group have led numerous committees, subcommittees and task forces within the ABA's Business Law Section. In addition, more than 20 corporate attorneys from our firm have been recognized in Best Lawyers in America® 2016 and Corporate Board Member has ranked us for 11 consecutive years as the #1 corporate law firm in the Nashville metropolitan area.

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