Financial Services

For companies in the financial services industry, it is critical to engage legal counsel that understands the regulatory environment in which they operate and the business challenges they face. Our attorneys have decades of experience working with the full spectrum of financial services companies, including state- and nationally-chartered local, regional and national banks (public and private) and their holding companies; federal and state-chartered thrifts; agent banks; insurance companies and their holding companies; health maintenance organizations; preferred provider organizations; captive insurers; insurance brokers; insurance agencies; third-party administrators ; representatives and investment advisors; trust companies; and brokerage firms.

For our financial services industry clients and others, we provide counsel in the areas of corporate and securities, regulatory and enforcement, debt finance and litigation on a wide range of needs, including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions.
  • Regulatory and securities law compliance.
  • Entity formation and capital raising.
  • Enforcement proceedings.
  • Financial, insurance depository products.
  • Lending transactions.
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
  • Shareholder rights.
  • Financial services litigation.
  • Securities litigation and arbitration.
  • Insurance coverage disputes and litigation.
  • Restructuring and bankruptcy.

Attorneys serving our financial services clients have received important accolades, including eight of our attorneys who are listed in A.M. Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys.¬†Chambers USA has consistently ranked Bass, Berry & Sims as one of the top banking and finance law firms in Tennessee for the past 13 years. In their research, Chambers concluded the firm is a “Stellar outfit providing services across the financial services spectrum. Represents borrowers and lenders in matters ranging from commercial lending to regulatory compliance. Experienced handling large-scale transactions for a broad range of clients including regional and national banks, insurance companies and private equity firms. Demonstrates expertise in debt refinancing and syndicated loans, as well as bank M&A and the formation of subsidiaries.” (from Chambers USA 2020). Clients reported that the firm offers¬†“great responsiveness and great value” and “when you think of quality firms, you think of these guys. They’re traditionally seen as being at the top” (from Chambers USA 2020); and “They are very accessible and have worked with amazing speed and diligence.'” (from Chambers USA 2017)

  • Represented New Mountain Capital in over $282 million worth of real estate transactions, primarily sale-leasebacks

    In 2019, we represented New Mountain Capital in over $282 million worth of real estate transactions, primarily sale-leasebacks. These closings...
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  • Represented New Mountain Capital in over $329 million worth of real estate transactions, primarily sale-leasebacks

    In 2018, we represented New Mountain Capital in over $329 million worth of real estate transactions, primarily sale-leasebacks. These closings...
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  • Engaged in 2010 to serve as independent disclosure counsel to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Bank of America pursuant to a settlement order entered into by Bank of America and the SEC

    We were engaged in 2010 to serve as independent disclosure counsel to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Represented Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNFP) in its merger with BNC Bancorp (NASDAQ: BNCN)

    We represented Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNFP) in its $1.9 billion merger with BNC Bancorp (NASDAQ: BNCN) pursuant to...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Successfully defended a firm financial institution client against claims arising out of cyber theft of funds of one of its commercial customers

    Bass, Berry & Sims successfully defended a firm financial institution client against claims arising out of cyber theft of funds...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Represented firm bank clients in purported class actions alleging the ATMs of the banks failed to comply with accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act

    Bass, Berry & Sims represented firm bank clients in purported class actions alleging the ATMs of the banks failed to...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Defending firm bank clients against class actions alleging they processed ATM and debit card transactions in a manner to maximize overdraft fees to its customers

    Bass, Berry & Sims is defending firm bank clients against class actions alleging they processed ATM and debit card transactions...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Represented a firm bank client in a purported class action alleging the bank’s automated teller machines (ATMs) failed to comply with notice requirements under the Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA)

    Bass, Berry & Sims represented a firm bank client in a purported class action alleging the bank’s automated teller machines...
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    Client Type: Private Company
  • Represented the administrative agent in a $72 million syndicated credit facility to a private equity-sponsored operator of inpatient behavioral treatment facilities in several states

    We represented the administrative agent in a $72 million syndicated credit facility to a private equity-sponsored operator of inpatient behavioral...
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    Client Type: Public Company
  • Represented Planters Bank in connection with its acquisition of five branches of Old National Bank

    The firm represented Planters Bank in connection with its acquisition of five branches of Old National Bank in western Kentucky....
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    Client Type: Private Company
Nicholas M. Bessette
Associate
Austin C. Brown
Associate
Stefanie R. Chamberlain
Associate
Michael G. Dashefsky
Member
Felix R. Dowsley, III
Member
Leslie M. Ford
Member
E. Bruce Foster, Jr.
Member (retired)
Michael C. Gibson
Member
Thomas Gossett
Associate
B. Taylor Gray
Counsel
David W. Harper, Jr.
Associate
Cheyne W. Harris
Associate
R. Turner Henderson
Associate
D. Scott Holley
Member
Brian R. Iverson
Member
Robins H. Ledyard
Member
Jason S. Lewallen
Member
Vincent B. Lillegard
Associate
G. Mark Mamantov
Member
Robert P. McDaniel, Jr.
Member
James Polk Moneyhun, Jr.
Member
Jordana Katz Nelson
Senior Public Finance Attorney
Marisa Rouse
Associate
John S. Seehorn
Member
Cynthia N. Sellers
Member
Katherine Smalley
Associate
Amanda Elliott Stanley
Counsel
Justin T. Starling
Member
John A. Stemmler
Member
Michael A. Stewart
Member
James S. Tate, Jr.
Member
T. Stephen C. Taylor
Member
Molly Terrell
Senior Attorney
T. Gaillard Uhlhorn, V
Member
Price W. Wilson
Member

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