Michael L. Bates

Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel

Michael is the Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel for Green Square Capital Advisors, LLC (“Green Square”).  He began working for Green Square in July of 2021 as the firm’s General Counsel, and as of January 1, 2022, Michael added the responsibilities of serving as Green Square’s Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”).  As the CCO, Michael responsible for the design, implementation, and monitoring of the processes by which Green Square complies with applicable financial advisory laws and regulations. Michael works to ensure that the firm’s policies and procedures are followed.  As General Counsel to Green Square, Michael is responsible for strategically planning for actual and potential legal occurrences.

Prior to joining Green Square, Michael served as an Executive Board Member, General Counsel and Compliance Officer of a $4Billion SEC Registered Investment Adviser.  During his career, he has also held senior management roles as a chief financial officer, chief operations officer, general counsel and senior tax counsel at publicly traded and privately held companies. Michael also has prior experience on the institutional fixed-income side of the securities industry, having successfully passed the Series 7 and 63. 

Michael obtained his Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Mississippi, earning himself the Arthur Andersen graduate fellowship.  Michael later obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis.  He is heavily involved in his community, having served on the Financial Advisory Committee for Germantown, Tennessee, and on the Board of Deacons at his church.  In his spare time, Michael has been a varsity football and strength coach on the high school level.  Mike has three children – Lindsay, Garrett and Allie.

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