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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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For more than 25 years our firm has vigorously and successfully defended companies involved in a multitude of major mass tort litigation, including benzene, asbestos, fen-phen, Zyprexa, breast implants, artificial heart valves, pedicle screw spinal implants, PPA, Omniflox and Prozac, just to name a few. Our attorneys are quickly able to grasp the legal complexities involved in these cases, along with the medical and scientific issues, and have great success in retaining outstanding experts who can work at the national level to aid in the identification of relevant literature and assist in the defense of these cases.

We handle a wide variety of complex mass tort litigation, MDLs (multi-district litigations), and class actions, as well as serious individual suits alleging personal injury and/or economic loss against manufacturers. We also assist our clients with recalls, product withdrawals and regulatory actions with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other agencies. We frequently consult with clients regarding warranties, contracts, indemnities and insurance coverage for products liability claims, as well as False Claim Act (FCA) matters and internal investigations. We employ the latest technology to manage large volumes of cases effectively and efficiently, including the use of a secure and free extranet to manage documents and other case information.

For more than 25 years our firm has vigorously and successfully defended companies involved in a multitude of major mass tort litigation, including benzene, asbestos, fen-phen, Zyprexa, breast implants, artificial heart valves, pedicle screw spinal implants, PPA, Omniflox and Prozac, just to name a few. Our attorneys are quickly able to grasp the legal complexities involved in these cases, along with the medical and scientific issues, and have great success in retaining outstanding experts who can work at the national level to aid in the identification of relevant literature and assist in the defense of these cases.

We handle a wide variety of complex mass tort litigation, MDLs (multi-district litigations), and class actions, as well as serious individual suits alleging personal injury and/or economic loss against manufacturers. We also assist our clients with recalls, product withdrawals and regulatory actions with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other agencies. We frequently consult with clients regarding warranties, contracts, indemnities and insurance coverage for products liability claims, as well as False Claim Act (FCA) matters and internal investigations. We employ the latest technology to manage large volumes of cases effectively and efficiently, including the use of a secure and free extranet to manage documents and other case information.

The cases we handle for manufacturers cross all industry groups, including:

  • Asbestos
  • Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Consumer products
  • Electronic devices
  • Food and beverage
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Supplements
  • Telecommunications
  • Tractors and farming equipment

We have had great success in getting cases dismissed early or postured for an early and favorable settlement through summary judgment, motions to dismiss, and/or favorable testimony obtained through depositions or the discovery process. However, we are trial lawyers in addition to litigators, and we are prepared to take the case all the way to trial if necessary. At the same time, we recognize the importance of early attempts to resolve litigation, through mediation or otherwise. To that end, we are familiar with and employ all methods of alternative dispute resolution to meet our clients' objectives.

We serve as national counsel, discovery counsel, expert counsel, regional counsel, and local counsel depending upon the client's needs and desires. We are experienced at working with regional and national counsel in order to fashion a global strategy for the resolution of multiple cases involving the same product. However, our litigation practice knows no geographical boundaries: we have lawyers licensed to practice in many states and we also work with many local firms to assist our clients.

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