These excerpts taken from the HBHC 10-K filed Feb 27, 2009.
Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
The Board of
Directors and Stockholders
We consent to the incorporation by reference in the Registration Statements No. 333-11831 (amended by 333-113262), 333-05081, 333-53452 and 2-99863 on Form S-8 and No. 33-31782 on Form S-3 of Hancock Holding Company of our reports dated February 27, 2009, with respect to (i) the consolidated balance sheets of Hancock Holding Company as of December 31, 2008 and 2007, and the related consolidated statements of income, stockholders equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the three-year period ended December 31, 2008, and (ii) the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2008, which reports appear in the December 31, 2008 annual report on Form 10-K of Hancock Holding Company.
Our report refers to changes in accounting for defined benefit pension and postretirement benefit plans.
/s/ KPMG LLP