Michael D. Waters


Jones Walker LLP
Suite 1100
420 20th St N
Birmingham, AL 35203

Tel: 205.244.5210

Email: mwaters@joneswalker.com
Web: www.joneswalker.com

Mike has practiced corporate and securities law, primarily in the financial institutions area, for more than 30 years. He routinely represents banks, bank holding companies, and other financial entities in acquisitions, capital raising transactions, SEC and shareholder issues, new bank formations, and board fiduciary duty issues. He has advised buyers and sellers in approximately 110 bank mergers and acquisitions, ranging from small community banks to the acquisition of a $34 billion holding company. Mike also advises banks regarding regulatory issues, examinations, compliance, and enforcement proceedings.

Since 1994, Mike has served as an adjunct professor of law at The University of Alabama School of Law, where he taught banking law for 20 years and currently teaches corporate mergers and acquisitions. He speaks frequently at seminars and has written numerous law review articles on banking and securities. He is the author of Proxy Regulation, published in 1992 by the Practising Law Institute.

Recognition and Honors:
  • Chambers USA, Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory (listed annually since 2013)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Banking and Securities & Corporate Finance (listed annually since 2008)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, and Financial Services Regulation Law (listed annually since 1995)
  • Birmingham Magazine,”Top Attorneys,” Banking Law, Birmingham (2012)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Banking (listed 2008-2015 and 2017-2018)
Jones Walker’s Banking & Financial Services attorneys represent local, regional, and national banks; financial services companies; and intermediaries.

The Banking & Financial Services Practice Group of Jones Walker offers comprehensive legal and regulatory compliance counsel to financial institutions, their owners, and executives. Our firm has a long history and well-earned reputation in the financial services industry, and our individual attorneys have a thorough, firsthand understanding of emerging business, technology, market, and legislative forces.

US News & World Report has ranked Jones Walker’s banking practice as one of the top 50 in the United States since 2010, the first year in which that publication ranked U.S. law firms. Numerous Jones Walker attorneys are listed in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America. SNL Financial has repeatedly named the firm among the leading advisors for bank merger and acquisition transactions, as determined by the number of deals handled each year.

Jones Walker LLP provides an extensive range of legal services to a national and international corporate client base through offices in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C.

We have more than 355 lawyers practicing across the country and internationally, from offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and New Orleans, Louisiana; Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama; Houston and The Woodlands, Texas; Jackson, Mississippi; Miami, Florida; New York, New York; Phoenix, Arizona; and Washington, DC. We counsel multinational corporations, privately held and family-owned businesses, individual and institutional investors, educational and research institutions, and other clients in a broad range of legal disciplines.

“Michael Waters has significant experience representing financial institutions on M&A, capital finance transactions and regulatory matters. His client base includes domestic banks and bank holding companies.”
Chambers & Partners