Mark L. Miller

Baker Donelson Center
Suite 800
211 Commerce Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
T: 615.726.5740
F: 615.744.5740

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Mark L. Miller has extensive experience in financial institution regulation, the acquisition and sale of financial institutions and other entities, formation of de novo community banks, and corporate governance and emerging company issues. Based in the Nashville office, Mr. Miller has guided numerous clients through public offerings and private placements, along with proxy materials and other disclosure documents preparation, and drafting and negotiating service agreements and other business contracts. Mr. Miller regularly represents clients before the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FRB), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), state banking agencies, including the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Representative Transactions

  • $55 million initial public offering (IPO) for New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listed community bank client.
  • Acquisition of $860 million community bank for private investor.
  • Merger of two community banks to form $1 billion Middle Tennessee based community bank client.
  • $15 million private placement for community bank client.
  • Whole bank acquisitions for community bank clients.
  • Acquisitions and sales of bank branches and other business units for community bank clients.
  • Purchase of failed bank assets from the FDIC in an assisted transaction.
  • Negotiation of enforcement actions with federal and state bank regulatory authorities for community bank clients, and assisting such clients with enforcement action compliance.
  • Creation and implementation of capital restoration plans for community bank clients.
  • Sale of the securities of numerous community bank clients to the United States Department of the Treasury pursuant to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and pursuant to the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF).
  • Formation of de novo community bank, Franklin, Tennessee.
  • Formation of holding companies for community bank clients.
  • Creation of policies and procedures for trusts and sales of insurance products for regional bank client.
  • Public and private offerings to support new branch activities for community bank clients.
  • $20 million IPO for NASDAQ listed community bank client.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-presenter – "Live from the Trenches: Hot Exam Issues," Baker Donelson Webinar (April 2016)
  • Speaker – "Bank M&A/Shareholder Liquidity," Crowe Horwath LLP Annual Financial Institutions Conference, Nashville, Tennessee (November 2015)
  • Panelist – "Current Regulatory Environment," Sageworks Risk Management Summit (September 2014)
  • Panelist – "The Latest on Dodd-Frank, Basel III and Other Regulatory Hot Topics," Sageworks Risk Management Summit (December 2013)
  • Speaker – Dixon Hughes Goodman Banking Executive Seminar, Knoxville, Tennessee (October 2013)
  • Speaker – Tennessee Bankers Association Bank Directors College (October 2013)
  • Speaker – "Bankers Beware - The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Impact on Community Banks," Tennessee Bankers Association Membership Meetings (September 2010)
  • Speaker – "Financial Services Reform," The University of Memphis Law Review Spring Symposium (February 2009)
  • Presenter – "Basics of Business Law," TennBarU "The New Lawyer Experience: Bridging the Gap Between Preparation and Practice" CLE (February 2008)
  • Author – "Electronic Storage of Bank Records," Counsel to Counsel magazine (October 2007)

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Banking and Finance Law (since 2012); Financial Services Regulation Law (since 2014) 
  • Tennessee Bankers Association, Government Relations Committee
  • Member – Economic Club of Nashville
  • General Counsel and member of Board of Directors, Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce (2006 – 2008)  


  • Tennessee, 1999


  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1996, magna cum laude