Wayne McKinzie is co-head of the firm’s Financial Services group, leveraging his years of experience to provide sophisticated, business-oriented counsel to client transactions.


Wayne McKinzie is co-head of the firm's 100+ attorney Financial Services practice group. In his more than 25 years at the firm he has developed a broad base of experience representing financial institutions, investment firms, insurance companies and other institutional investors and corporate clients on complex financing transactions and investments involving various industries and structures.

Core areas of his practice include:

  • Leveraged and acquisition finance
  • Syndicated and asset-based lending
  • Loan workouts and restructurings
  • Agricultural lending and Farm Credit System transactions
  • Mezzanine capital investments
  • Structured credit products  


Honors & Recognitions

  • Chambers USA - North Carolina, Banking & Finance, 2014-2023
  • Legal 500 US, Commercial Lending, 2021-2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, 2011-2024
  • Best Lawyers in America, Charlotte Banking and Finance "Lawyer of the Year," 2018
  • IFLR1000, 2019




  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association


J.D., University of Virginia, 1993; Executive Editor, Virginia Environmental Law Journal

A.B., Princeton University, 1989


  • North Carolina, 1995
  • California, 1993 (inactive)
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“Wayne does a great job at explaining complex situations and transactions. He is also good at negotiating.” - Chambers, 2023

Chambers USA - North Carolina, Banking & Finance, 2014-2023

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