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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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Our attorneys routinely represent non-U.S. clients who need full-service representation in this country, as well as facilitate the legal needs of U.S. entities throughout the world.

Clients appreciate the firm's membership in Lex Mundi, a global referral network of law firms with more than 30,000 attorneys in 100 countries, giving them access to full-service local counsel. Four of our partners hold leadership roles in Lex Mundi – in business crimes and compliance, competition and health law as well as litigation – with one serving on the international board of directors.

Our attorneys counsel clients on all types of cross-border business relationships and agreements including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures
  • Restructurings
  • Customs/import compliance
  • Project financings
  • Management buyouts

We also have experience in advising on issues that may arise during the acquisition of a U.S. business by a foreign person, including national security reviews under Exon-Florio by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) mitigation of classified businesses by the Defense Security Service.

Our in-house language capabilities include Arabic, Chaga, Chinese, Estonian, French, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Marathi, Russian, Spanish, Sukuma, Swahili and Urdu.

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