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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., with honors, 1983, Order of the Coif; Member, North Carolina Law Review, 1981-82

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with honors, 1980, Phi Beta Kappa


Hank Ralston practices in the areas of corporate and commercial law, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and banking. He has significant experience representing financial institutions and other companies in general corporate and transactional matters. Hank also advises public companies on compliance and disclosure issues under the federal securities laws. His mergers and acquisitions practice includes structuring, negotiating and documenting transactions, as well as assisting clients in complying with the federal Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. 

Hank serves as outside corporate counsel to a number of public and private companies in various industries, particularly community banking and manufacturing. In this role, he assists these companies with a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, compliance with federal and state securities laws, SRO regulations and corporate finance. Hank also advises these companies on corporate governance, commercial contracts, joint venture and similar arrangements, compensation matters and related issues.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Center for Banking and Finance at UNC School of Law, Board of Advisors, 2004-22
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section

Community Affiliations

  • Council for Children’s Rights, Board of Directors, 2003-09
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