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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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Clients with real estate and construction needs demand full-service legal providers who can address their pressing current needs even as they anticipate tomorrow's problems and work toward practical, sophisticated solutions. They expect legal service providers to support and advance their business strategies in times of economic adversity as well as prosperity.

We understand real estate from all vantage points. Our clients are developers, public and private owners, operators, investors, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, lenders and real estate investment trusts (REITs), among others, locally, regionally and nationally.

Our strategy is based on the ultimate goals of our clients. We understand the market. We can separate the important from the insignificant. We are "deal doers," but not beyond our client's tolerance for risk. We understand the value of expediency.

The technical acumen of our multi-disciplinary team has developed over years of closing deals and solving problems specific to this industry:

  • Real estate transactions of all types
  • Construction and design contracts
  • Environmental contamination
  • Economic incentives
  • Tax-exempt financing
  • Land use and zoning
  • Tax
  • Dispute resolution
  • Distressed assets

Nationally ranked by Chambers USA for the past 14 years, researchers found our firm is known as a "[t]op-flight department of prominent real estate practitioners, well respected for its work on high-value transactions. Its comprehensive experience encompasses commercial leasing, portfolio acquisitions and mixed-use developments. Well versed in multistate deals, including those involving retail properties and real estate investment trusts." And clients "describe the team as 'first-rate, combining high character and integrity with strong talent.'" (from Chambers USA 2017) We have also been applauded and awarded in Best Lawyers in America®, Mid-South Super Lawyers, Lawdragon and Who's Who Legal.

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