Wayne McKinzie leads 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 90+ 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

  • Named a “Key Lawyer,” Commercial Lending, Legal 500 US, 2021
  • Chambers USA - North Carolina, Banking & Finance, 2014-2021
  • Best Lawyers in America, Charlotte Banking and Finance "Lawyer of the Year," 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, 2011-2022
  • IFLR1000, 2019




  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association


A.B., Princeton University, 1989

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


  • North Carolina, 1995
  • California, 1993 (inactive)
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Chambers USA - North Carolina, Banking & Finance, 2014-2021

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