M. Binford Williams, Jr.

M. Binford Williams, Jr.: Attorney with Watkins & Eager
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Biography

M. Binford (Ben) Williams, Jr., has over 30 years’ experience in large, complex commercial transactions. Ben's practice is fast-paced and, on a regular basis, includes nuanced structures, innovative financing alternatives with lender and borrower clients alike, and acquisitions and mergers of businesses . His work includes significant representation of lenders in commercial loans (C&I, real estate, bonds, interest rate swaps), developers in the development, construction, and operations of complex real estate projects (apartment complexes, manufacturing facilities, shopping centers), and corporations in acquisition of subsidiaries and properties. He serves as outside general counsel for several corporations in various industries.

Ben is listed in The Best Lawyers In America and in Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He has been selected as a Lawyer of the Year in multiple areas, including Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Project Finance, and Commercial Finance Law.

Ben has practiced at Watkins & Eager since graduating from law school in 1986. He currently a member of the firm's Executive Committee and a co-practice leader of the Commercial Lending and Finance Practice Group. Along with Molly Jeffcoat Moody, Ben is a co-author of Commercial Finance 701, a continuing series on commercial loans written exclusively for the Mississippi Business Journal. The series is geared to lenders, developers, investors and transactional attorneys. Ben served as the firm's Managing Member from 2003-15.

Honors & Recognitions

•Leader in Finance (Mississippi, 2017)
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2007-17, Real Estate)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006, 2011-13, 2017 Banking)
•Mississippi Young Lawyers, fellow
•Mississippi Outstanding Young Lawyer (1995)
The Best Lawyers in America (2007-18, Commercial Finance Law, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Corporate Law, Economic Development Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Project Finance Law, Real Estate Law)
The Best Lawyers in America, Jackson, Mississippi, Lawyer of the Year (2017, Mergers & Acquisitions; 2016 & 2018, Project Finance Law; 2014, Commercial Finance Law)
•James O. Eastland Scholarship in Law (1983-86)
•University of Mississippi Graduate Fellowship (1982-83)
•Phi Kappa Phi
•Omicron Delta Kappa
Wall Street Journal Award
•Taylor Citation\Taylor Medal

News

•Molly Moody and Ben Williams publish article on HVCRE
The Mississippi Business Journal, 06.14.2018
•Molly Moody and Ben Williams publish article on federal bank regulators.
Mississippi Business Journal, 05.31.2018
•Molly Moody and Ben Williams publish article on LIBOR Update
Mississippi Business Journal, 04.27.2018

Articles & Publications

•Real Estate Loans - HVCRE Revisited [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
The Mississippi Business Journal, 06.14.2018
The New Federal Banking Sheriffs [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
The Mississippi Business Journal, 05.31.2018
A LIBOR Update: Here comes SOFR! [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
The Mississippi Business Journal, 04.27.2018
Dissecting the December 2017 U.S. Supreme Court Travel Ban Order [Author: Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 01.12.2018
The U.S. Supreme Court Mississippi flag order that wasn’t [Author: Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 09.19.2017
The Passing of LIBOR [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 08.11.2017
The one U.S. Supreme Court opinion to read in 2017 [Author: Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 07.05.2017
A cocktail party guide to Constitutional Law [Author: Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 06.08.2017
The powerless power of attorney [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 05.26.2017
Gorsuch: The one Protestant [Author: Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 04.28.2017
The outlook in Mississippi for 2017 [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 01.05.2017
Khayat’s longest field goal [Author: Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 11.03.2016
Zoning - trust, but verify, authenticate & insure [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 10.07.2016
The one U.S. Supreme Court opinion to read in 2016 [Author: Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 07.08.2016
Payment and performance bonds in construction projects [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 06.09.2016
Practical issues with multi-tiered entity structures [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 04.14.2016
The UCC, secured transactions & personal property liens [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 02.25.2016
Justice Scalia’s last stop in Mississippi [Author: Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 02.19.2016
CRE Loans, credit underwriting & the Feds in 2016 [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 01.07.2016
Real Property Taxes - Ad Valorem and More [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 12.04.2015
Syndications: a super-sized credit facility with multiple lenders [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 10.30.2015
Doing Business with the Government [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 10.02.2015
Construction Contracts and Risk Mitigation [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 09.11.2015
Appraisals, Cap Rates & Loan Dollars [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 08.14.2015
Participations: One Loan and Multiple Banks [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 07.09.2015
Land Surveys: More Than Just a Sketch [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 06.25.2015
Loan Guaranties: Skin in the Game [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 06.11.2015
Tax Credits: Key Programs and Select Acronyms [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 05.29.2015
Basel III, High Volatility & Realty Loans [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 05.14.2015
Permanent Loans & Other Oxymora [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 04.30.2015
Loans Disguised as Government Bonds (BOANS) [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 04.16.2015
Negotiating Commercial Loans - Is There an App for That? [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 04.04.2015
Interest Rate Swaps: Don't Play with Matches [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 03.20.2015
Title Certificates, Reports, Commitments & Policies: The Difference may be your Job! [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 03.06.2015
Never Trust a Trust [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 02.19.2015
Term Sheets & Commitment Letters [Authors: Molly Moody and Ben Williams]
Mississippi Business Journal, 02.05.2015

Letters of Credit, Chapter 47, The Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law (2017)

Areas of Practice (24)

  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Commercial Lending and Finance
  • Directors & Officers Consulting
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Construction
  • Bidding and Contracts
  • Construction Claims and Disputes
  • Construction Liens
  • Corporate
  • Closely Held Businesses, Partnerships and Joint Ventures
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Gaming
  • Transactions and Licensing
  • Governmental Relations
  • Economic Development and Governmental Incentives
  • Native American (Tribal) Law
  • Public Finance (Bonds)
  • Real Estate
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Multifamily Finance
  • Tax Credits
  • Title Insurance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
601.965.1968  Phone
www.watkinseager.com
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 650, Jackson, MS 39201
University Attended:
University of Mississippi, Bachelor's Degree, Business, 1982; University of Mississippi, Master's Degree, Business Administration, 1983
Law School Attended:
University of Mississippi School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1986
Year of First admission:
1986
Admission:
1986, Mississippi
Memberships:

Community & Professional

•Jackson Young Lawyers (1994, President)
•National Association of Bond Lawyers
•The Mississippi Bar

Birth Information:
Water Valley, Mississippi, 1960
ISLN:
902736243
Hobbies & interests:
Foreign Travel
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