Chris Raybeck


Spencer Fane LLP
511 Union Street
Suite 1000
Nashville, TN 37219

Tel: 615.238.6326


Chris Raybeck regularly represents banks and other financial institutions in transactional and regulatory matters and regularly represents developers and other parties involved in commercial real estate transactions.

Chris’ financial services practice includes lender representation in structuring, documenting, and closing credit facility transactions involving all forms of collateral, including real estate-backed loans (acquisition and development loans and construction loans) and commercial and industrial or asset-backed loans. His loan documentation experience covers multiple industry sectors and includes syndications and club arrangements, on behalf of both lead lenders and participants. Chris also counsels banks on regulatory matters and works on bank and holding company transactions.

Chris’ real estate practice includes representing clients in the sale, acquisition, development, and management of commercial property across multiple uses, including Class A+ office buildings and retail shopping centers. His developer clients focuses on sponsorship of programmatic development projects for retail and health care uses to mixed-use multi-family buildings and residential subdivisions. He also represents landlords and tenants in the negotiation of commercial leases for a wide range of uses, on both gross and net bases.

  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow
  • Tennessee Bar Association
Honors / Distinctions
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • Rising Star, Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2012-2015
  • Tennessee representative in The Banking Lawyers, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022
  • TBA Leadership Law Class, 2011

We help banks and other financial services firms in all legal, regulatory, and compliance matters with passion and urgency so that they can handle their matters and transactions with more precision, speed, and cost efficiency.

Our ability to effectively advise leaders from banks across the nation stems from the fact that many of our attorneys have been in their clients’ shoes. We have attorneys who have either worked as industry leaders in non-attorney positions or serving as in-house counsel for some of the largest financial institutions in the country.

This perspective gives our team the ability to better understand the challenges and pressures faced by our clients so that we may help them succeed while navigating the ever-changing and complex regulatory landscape of the financial services industry. It also positions our team to serve as outside general counsel in instances when a bank may not have its own in-house legal team.

The Spencer Fane Financial Services team of attorneys assists the following types of financial institutions with ongoing services or one-time solutions to help them realize their business objectives.

  • National, regional, and community banks
  • Bank holding companies
  • Credit unions
  • Insurance companies
  • Investment banks
  • Broker-dealers
  • Investment advisors
  • Business finance companies
  • Equipment leasing companies
  • Mortgage banking companies
  • Venture capital firms

Our Banking and Financial Services areas of focus include:

At Spencer Fane, your business leaders work with our business leaders. We provide an unconventional approach to legal services geared toward protecting and advancing business and personal interests. Our clients are certain that their interests are our priority, because they work with leaders – leaders who work decisively, execute with purpose and understand the importance of flawless timing.

Spencer Fane has a rich history dating back to 1879. The firm has had a full service business orientation since its founding. While we have grown over the years, the original intention of the founding partners remains the same – to provide legal services where your business leaders work with our business leaders – with integrity and with your individual needs in mind.