Raxter, Ronald D.

  Richmond, Virginia, USA
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Ron Raxter has practiced regulatory, corporate and securities law for over 30 years. Prior to entering private practice, he was counsel to the former North Carolina state government agencies that regulated insurance companies and savings and loans.  Since entering private practice, he has concentrated his practice in corporate, securities and regulatory counsel to financial institutions and insurance companies.  He also serves as corporate and securities counsel to start up companies and other Securities Exchange Act reporting companies.  Mr. Raxter has assisted in the organization of many community banks, in mergers and acquisitions, initial and secondary public offerings (including trust preferred securities), mutual to stock conversions, and private placements of debt and equity securities. He also assists clients with various federal and state regulatory issues, including executive compensation, corporate governance, proxy statements and periodic securities reports. He has represented both borrowers and lenders in corporate finance transactions.

While serving as general counsel for the Savings Institutions Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, he authored the State Savings Bank Act. Prior to that, Mr. Raxter was counsel to the North Carolina Department of Insurance where he authored the Readable Insurance Policies Act.  Mr. Raxter also represented both agencies in the North Carolina General Assembly and on various national regulatory task forces.

Mr. Raxter has been recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine as one of the state’s top attorneys for banking. He is a frequent speaker on various banking, corporate and securities law issues and serves as a member of the board of advisors of the Center for Banking and Finance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.  In addition to his corporate work, he is a founder of several nonprofit arts organizations related to traditional music and dance and serves as Chairman Elect of the local United Arts Council.

Mr. Raxter is licensed to practice in North Carolina. He is a member of the Tenth Judicial District Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association and the Business Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Mr. Raxter earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Carolina and a juris doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Practice Achievements and Representative Cases
Financial Institutions
  • The organization and initial public offerings of over 15 commercial banks
  • The merger and acquisition of over 30 regulated financial institutions, including commercial banks, savings banks, and insurance companies
  • Mutual-to-stock conversions of over 10 financial institutions, including savings banks and insurance companies
  • The formation of six holding companies for commercial banks
  • Representation of commercial banks and financial holding companies in secondary public offerings, including fully underwritten offerings
  • Representation of investment banking firms in public offerings of financial institution stock
  • Acquisitions of insurance agencies and mortgage origination firms by financial institutions
Corporate Finance
  • Representation of an agribusiness borrower for a $200 million senior credit facility
  • Representation of an agribusiness company in a $77 million securitization
  • Representation of an international joint venture by Fortune 500 industry leaders in negotiating a $70 million credit facility for an innovative technolog
Non-Financial Institution Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Representing a private agribusiness company in its sale to a Fortune 500 company in a deal valued at over $400 million
  • Acquisition of controlling interest in a publicly traded biotech company
  • Acquisition of a private technology company by publicly traded company
Health Care

  • Representing a national publicly traded company in various Certificate of Need applications and related litigation

  • Practice Area
    Business & Corporate, Financial Services, Corporate Governance & Securities