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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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Venture Capital

We have extensive experience in venture capital and growth equity transactions, representing both providers and seekers of venture and growth capital.

In serving our clients, we draw on our broad public company and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) experience to implement the growth and eventual exit strategies of our clients. This experience allows us to efficiently represent our venture-backed clients in even the most complex liquidation events, in whatever form they may take—recapitalization, stock or asset sale or initial public offering (IPO). As a full-service firm, we also offer growth and venture-stage companies guidance on a broad range of important legal matters relating to their business activities, including the acquisition and protection of intellectual property, environmental law compliance, commercial loan transactions, labor and employment matters, taxation and dispute resolution.

We have extensive experience in venture capital and growth equity transactions, representing both providers and seekers of venture and growth capital.

In serving our clients, we draw on our broad public company and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) experience to implement the growth and eventual exit strategies of our clients. This experience allows us to efficiently represent our venture-backed clients in even the most complex liquidation events, in whatever form they may take—recapitalization, stock or asset sale or initial public offering (IPO). As a full-service firm, we also offer growth and venture-stage companies guidance on a broad range of important legal matters relating to their business activities, including the acquisition and protection of intellectual property, environmental law compliance, commercial loan transactions, labor and employment matters, taxation and dispute resolution.

As a result of the depth and breadth of our experience, and the extensive network we have developed in the venture capital and growth equity community, we also play an active role in introducing entrepreneurs and venture and growth capital firms.

With offices in Nashville and Washington, D.C., our experience in healthcare venture capital transactions is particularly robust. We provide our healthcare venture capital and growth equity clients with a fully-integrated range of services that includes an effective blend of transactional, regulatory and operational counsel. We routinely assist clients with comprehensive due diligence to help them understand key issues and regulatory risks associated with an investment. We also assist our venture capital and growth equity firm clients and emerging growth companies in healthcare investigations and as compliance counsel.

Representative services and experience:

  • Venture and growth equity financings 
  • Leveraged dividends and recapitalizations 
  • Minority interest transactions 
  • "Add on" acquisitions 
  • Due diligence and risk analysis 
  • Healthcare investigations, regulatory and operational counsel 
  • Corporate/general counsel
  • M&A, IPO and "exit transaction" services

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