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

Bar Admissions

New York







James Waters concentrates his practice in representing financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies and private equity funds in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of domestic and international financing transactions and corporate restructurings 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 major New York law firm, and held a business position with a national financial institution where he managed a portfolio of debt, subordinated debt, and equity financings. 

Mr. Waters' experience includes:

  • 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 leading Mexican railroad and freight operator in the negotiation and documentation of a $250 million commercial paper and term loan credit facility
  • Representing private equity funds, including hedge funds and venture capital funds, 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 $200 million 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, in connection with a $3.75 billion transaction
  • 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 $20 billion of loans to opportunity funds, secured by the capital commitments of investors in the funds



Diversity Highlights

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Professional and Community Activities

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


Savoy Magazine Honors James Waters

James Waters has been selected as one of Savoy Magazine's 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers.  A member of the firm's Attorney Diversity and Inclusion Committee, James tirelessly works to promote diversity in our firm, our industry, and our community.

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