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Michael D. Waters

Attorney at Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P.
Birmingham, Alabama
Michael is a Partner in the Birmingham, Alabama office of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P. and is a member of the firm’s board of directors. He has practiced in the corporate and securities area for more than 30 years, representing public companies in public offers, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC reporting obligations, as well companies seeking capital in exempt offerings.
Michael is recognized in Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of banking and finance. He was listed in the 2013 edition of Alabama Super Lawyers in the areas of banking and corporate and finance. He also was listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the area of banking and finance law. Michael was named one of Birmingham’s “Top Attorneys” 2012 in the area of Banking Law by Birmingham Magazine.
He holds a J.D. degree, University of Alabama School of Law, M.A. degree, Oxford University, England where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

About Me

What do you enjoy about the work you do?
I have practiced corporate and securities law, primarily in the financial institutions area, for more than 30 years. I routinely represents banks, bank holding companies, and other financial entities in acquisitions, capital raising transactions, shareholder issues, new bank formations, and board fiduciary duty issues. I have advised both buyers and sellers in approximately 80 bank mergers and acquisitions, ranging from small community banks to the acquisition of a $34-billion holding company. I also advise banks regarding regulatory issues, examination, compliance, and enforcement proceedings.
What topics have you lectured or presented on?
I am a frequent speaker at seminars and is a regular contributor to the Community Bankers Association of Alabama's Banking Traditions magazine. I have written numerous law review articles on banking and securities, and is the author of Proxy Regulation, published in 1992 by the Practising Law Institute.


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Association Position
Montgomery County Bar Association Member
District of Columbia Bar Member
Alabama Citizens Constitutional Commission Member
Alabama Law Institute Chairman, Task Force on the Revised Alabama Uniform Securities Act, 2004–2005)
Alabama State Board of Bar Examiners Former Chair
Alabama State Bar Member
Birmingham Bar Association Member


School Degree Graduation Year
Duke University B.A. 1972
The University of Alabama School of Law J.D. 1977
Oxford University M.A. 1975

Contact Information

Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P.

1819 5th Ave N Ste 1100
One Federal Place

Birmingham, AL 35203