James Waters


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1996, Executive Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review

B.A., International Affairs and Comparative Politics, Columbia University in the City of New York, 1989



New York





James Waters concentrates his practice in representing financial institutions, multinational corporations and private equity funds in connection with structuring, negotiating and documenting domestic and international transactions and in providing general business advice to domestic and international enterprises. He has also served as a guest lecturer at SMU Dedman School of Law on NAFTA and related financial services regulations and at the University of Texas at Dallas Executive MBA Program, on international business law. Previously, Mr. Waters practiced law with a leading New York law firm, and held an executive position with a national financial institution where he managed a portfolio of debt and equity financings. He is the Administrative Partner of the Dallas office of Haynes and Boone.


James Waters Profile Powerfully Captures Challenges Faced by Black Families in America

The Dallas Morning News recently featured Haynes and Boone Partner James Waters in a powerful front-page article capturing the challenges that even the most successful African Americans continue to face in this country.

The profile discusses the many accomplishments of James and his wife, Frances Cudjoe Waters, both Harvard Law-trained professionals who excel in their fields and share a deep commitment to their faith, their community and to raising their sons as model citizens. Still, their success has not insulated them from having to navigate countless incidents of implicit and explicit racial bias.

The article movingly reminds us that while race relations have progressed in our country, we still often remain a nation divided.

Selected Client Representations

  • Structuring and negotiating, on behalf of individual lenders and multi-jurisdictional bank syndicates, credit facilities to private equity funds, real estate development companies, and real estate investment trusts (REITs), and advising on related issues
  • Advising a market-leading Mexican railroad and freight operator in the negotiation and documentation of multiple commercial paper and term loan credit facilities, and in cross-border governance and operational issues relating to U.S. affiliates
  • Representing private equity funds, venture capital funds, hospitals, banks and commercial enterprises in connection with structuring, negotiating and documenting derivatives products and transactions
  • Advising a French financial institution in the provision (via its U.S. branch) of a credit facility to a Mexican petroleum enterprise, and negotiation and drafting of related documentation
  • Participation in advising a syndicate of domestic and foreign lenders in the enforcement of their rights with regard to an Argentine cable system operator under a note purchase agreement
  • Representing a major U.S. air carrier in the formation of its foreign operating branches in Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Canada and advising the air carrier on registration, licensing and regulatory requirements in such jurisdictions
  • Providing legal counsel to investment management companies on a range of matters, including forming affiliated venture capital funds and advising on corporate governance and general business matters
  • Representing U.S. and foreign lenders as lead agents and arrangers in more than $25 billion of loans to opportunity funds focused on real estate, oil and gas, lodging and hospitality, leveraged buyouts, energy and mining, and secured by the capital commitments of investors in the funds

Professional and Community Activities

  • Board of Directors and Vice Chairman, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Dallas Theater Center
  • Board of Directors, North Dallas Chamber of Commerce
  • Dallas Assembly
  • Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Texas State Bar Association (International Law and Business Law Sections)
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • New York State Bar

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