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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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Securities & Shareholder Litigation

Our Securities & Shareholder Litigation Practice Group has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America©, BTI Litigation Outlook and Chambers USA for its experience and success in corporate and securities litigation, including:

  • Securities fraud class actions
  • Shareholder derivative litigation
  • Merger-related litigation
  • SEC investigations/enforcement proceedings
  • Internal investigations
  • Corporate governance disputes
  • Securities-related arbitrations

Our clients include more than 35 publicly traded companies, some of the country's largest privately held companies and their officers, directors, issuers, underwriters, special committees, financial and investment advisers. In recent years, we have represented these clients in connection with corporate transactions valued at more than $75 billion, as well as dozens of litigation matters related to sub-prime structured investment products. We also routinely defend clients in securities-related arbitrations, as well as other forms of alternative dispute resolution, throughout the U.S.

Our experience also includes serving as lead counsel for Special Litigation Committees to effectively and efficiently investigate derivative claims and allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties.

Our Securities & Shareholder Litigation Practice Group has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America©, BTI Litigation Outlook and Chambers USA for its experience and success in corporate and securities litigation, including:

  • Securities fraud class actions
  • Shareholder derivative litigation
  • Merger-related litigation
  • SEC investigations/enforcement proceedings
  • Internal investigations
  • Corporate governance disputes
  • Securities-related arbitrations

Our clients include more than 35 publicly traded companies, some of the country's largest privately held companies and their officers, directors, issuers, underwriters, special committees, financial and investment advisers. In recent years, we have represented these clients in connection with corporate transactions valued at more than $75 billion, as well as dozens of litigation matters related to sub-prime structured investment products. Our team has significant experience resolving insurance coverage disputes, including working with D&O insurance carriers and their counsel on securities litigation matters filed against corporate and director/officer clients.  We also routinely defend clients in securities-related arbitrations, as well as other forms of alternative dispute resolution, throughout the U.S.

Our experience also includes serving as lead counsel for Special Litigation Committees to effectively and efficiently investigate derivative claims and allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties.

While we take great pride in our record of favorably resolving cases through both dispositive motions and favorable settlements, we have an equally impressive record of success in taking these complex litigation matters to trial. For example, in one of the first credit crisis-related trials in the country, we obtained an order of specific performance for our client, Genesco Inc., in connection with a proposed $1.6 billion merger with The Finish Line, Inc.

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