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Caryn Miller

Caryn Miller

Caryn Miller is a Bates Consulting Expert based in New York City and Los Angeles. Caryn joined Bates after nearly 22 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch that were divided almost equally between positions in Legal and Compliance. Her previous roles—spanning 20 years—included legal positions with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Investment Management (New York), another dual registrant broker-dealer/investment adviser (Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.), and two major New York law firms (Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Dewey LeBoeuf). She is an accomplished financial services specialist with extensive experience in the retail broker-dealer/investment advisory and mutual fund fields.

At Merrill Lynch, Ms. Miller most recently acted as Managing Director and Compliance Executive. During her tenure at Merrill Lynch, she focused on fee-based brokerage and investment advisory programs and has substantial experience in establishing compliance routines and governance processes for these programs as well other retail products and services (for example, institutional retirement employee benefit plans, personal retirement products, and off-shore trust accounts). Ms. Miller’s responsibilities, both individually and as supervisor, have also included identifying and advising regarding conflicts of interest and addressing regulatory changes such as those relating to the Department of Labor fiduciary rule, the municipal advisor registration rule, “pay to play” statutes, and revisions to Form ADV Parts 2A and 2B. During her career, Ms. Miller has developed a wide range of written compliance and supervisory policies and procedures, conducted numerous compliance oversight reviews, participated in regulatory examinations, and prepared responses to requests from the SEC, FINRA, and other regulators.

Caryn is a consultant and subject matter expert in these Practice Areas and Services:



Bates Group LLC, Consulting Expert, 2019 - Present
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Marketing Director, Global Wealth, and Investment Compliance, 2009-2018
ZeroChaos, Compliance Consultant, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, 2008-2009
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Director, Office of General Counsel, 1996-2008
Dewey & Leboeuf and Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Senior Associate, 1991-1996
Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., In-House Counsel, 1987-1991
United States Securities and Exchange Commission, New York, Division of Investment Management, 1979-1987


Juris Doctor (JD), New York University School of Law, New York, NY
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Economics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


New York (retired)