A member of the firm’s Financial Services group, Jim Hovis brings years of sophisticated, high-level experience to his finance and capital markets practice. For the majority of his career he managed the Financial Services group and served on the firm’s Management Committee from 1989 through 2015.


He regularly represents national and regional financial institutions in complex financing transactions, including:

  • Acquisition and leveraged buyout financing
  • Subordinated debt facilities
  • Syndicated finance facilities of all types
  • Lease financings, utilizing both tax and synthetic structures
  • Complex debt restructurings involving multiple classes of capital



  • Chambers USA - North Carolina, Banking & Finance, 2019-2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, 1995-2024
  • Active in numerous civic groups and youth sports organizations.




  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association


J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980, with high honors; Order of Coif; Managing Editor, North Carolina Law Review

B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1976; Phi Beta Kappa


  • North Carolina, 1980
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“Jim is a a longstanding name in the lending market.” - Chambers, 2023

Chambers USA - North Carolina, Banking & Finance, 2019-2023

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