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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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Chambers USA has ranked Bass, Berry & Sims as one of the top litigation law firms in Tennessee for the past 13 years. In its most recent edition, Chambers recognizes the firm as a "[t]op-notch firm with an outstanding reputation for providing a broad range of litigation services" and highlights comments from reporting sources, including: "The lawyers at Bass, Berry & Sims are excellent to work with, sharp, prepared and client-focused." (from Chambers USA 2017). In a previous edition, Chambers reported: "The team is excellent – highly responsive and the work product is top-notch." (from Chambers USA 2016)

Our team of more than 80 litigators is ready to serve our clients' best interests and has a long track record of not only winning, but also understanding clients' business objectives.

Chambers USA has ranked Bass, Berry & Sims as one of the top litigation law firms in Tennessee for the past 13 years. In its most recent edition, Chambers recognizes the firm as a "[t]op-notch firm with an outstanding reputation for providing a broad range of litigation services" and highlights comments from reporting sources, including: "The lawyers at Bass, Berry & Sims are excellent to work with, sharp, prepared and client-focused." (from Chambers USA 2017). In a previous edition, Chambers reported: "The team is excellent – highly responsive and the work product is top-notch." (from Chambers USA 2016)

Our team of more than 80 litigators is ready to serve our clients' best interests and has a long track record of not only winning, but also understanding clients' business objectives.

We approach disputes by addressing not only the matter at hand, but also by analyzing litigation trends facing the client and suggesting creative solutions to minimize risk over the long term. Our focus is to serve each of our clients' best interests as efficiently and effectively as possible. We establish a course of action, propose alternative fee arrangements and evaluate early settlement possibilities or opportunities for an early dismissal to avoid expense and protracted litigation. That said, we are prepared to serve as resolution negotiator or staunch advocate; whichever is necessary. We utilize the latest advances in technology to improve communication, discovery and trial preparation, all leading to sound victories.

Our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group is built on great reputations in corporate and securities, government investigations, healthcare, financial services and commercial litigation. From that foundation, we are especially focused on significant and growing areas of litigation that affect our clients, and align with our unique strengths.

In the past year, our litigators received individual recognition by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America®. In addition, Benchmark Litigation named Bass, Berry & Sims the "Tennessee Law Firm of the Year" for Litigation in 2015 and 2012.

The Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group addresses all of the following types of disputes, among others:

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Antitrust and trade practices
  • Business disputes
  • Compliance and government investigations including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and monitorships
  • Environmental
  • Government advocacy and public policy
  • Government contracts
  • Financial services including banks, financial institutions, broker-dealer, financial products, restructuring, bankruptcy, and consumer financial services
  • Healthcare disputes including healthcare liability, managed care disputes and medical staff disputes
  • Healthcare fraud and abuse
  • Intellectual property and technology including patents; trademarks; data security, privacy and cyberliability; e-discovery, data counseling and trial technology
  • Products liability and torts
  • Real estate and construction litigation
  • Regulatory and administrative proceedings
  • Securities and shareholder litigation
  • Tax
  • Trusts and estates
  • Utilities, including telecommunications, energy and water law

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