800 Westchester Avenue • Suite 641 North • Rye Brook, NY 10573 • (203) 992-1100

About Us

Our Team

Michele Newland, JD - Managing Member, and Chief Investment Officer

Michele began her career in health care at the University of California.  She later founded the Newland Law Firm where her practice areas were health law, municipal finance, and healthcare regulatory compliance.  Michele left private practice to join Greenwich Investment Management as Managing Director of Fixed Income Investments and concurrently served as due diligence counsel for fixed income transactions. Michele has originated, analyzed, structured, and closed numerous bond transactions. Her experience also encompasses the representation of bondholders in the restructuring and resolution of distressed debt securities. Michele is a member of the California and Illinois Bar. She is also a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, National Federation of Municipal Analysts, American Health Lawyers Association, and holds a Series 65 license.

BS-California State University, Fullerton, 1985;     JD-University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, 1995


Ashleigh Swayze, JD - Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Ashleigh began her career as outside counsel to registered investment advisers, assisting them in their legal, business development and compliance efforts.  Ms. Swayze is the former COO and CCO of Gleacher Partners LLC, an investment firm in New York, with investment banking, private funds, distressed debt and asset management functions.  She also designed and lead the operational due diligence efforts of the firm, as well as acted as director of investment research for the firm's fund of funds group. Ashleigh has reviewed hundreds of managers, giving her unique insight into the concerns of institutional and ultra-high net worth investors.

Dual BAH (Bachelor of the Arts, Honors Major) and BA-Villanova University; JD-Rutgers University School of Law


Lauren Gretchen - Director of Operations and Client Service

Lauren began her career in financial services in 1995 as a bond research analyst. Thereafter, Lauren acted in various capacities ranging from managing an independent a broker dealer to managing and consulting with registered investment advisors in improving research and operations functions. That experience culminated in Lauren running the mid-Atlantic region as Director of Business Operations for Lincoln Advisors/Sagemark Consulting for several years. Thereafter, she was the Chief Compliance Officer of a large independent advisor with multiple RIAs and a mutual fund. Lauren has held Series 4, 7, 24, and 27, licenses and currently holds a Series 66 license. Lauren has a BA in Finance from Miami University Oxford Ohio, and an MBA in International Management from the University of Phoenix.


Philip Matthews, MBA - Business Development Consultant

Phil has over thirty years institutional sales and client service experience. Earlier in his career Phil was at Dillon Read and Salomon Brothers. Following success at both firms, Phil went on to become the ninth partner appointed at BlackRock Financial Management. While at BlackRock, he was Co-Head of the Account Management Group for US Pensions and Endowments which included some of the largest institutions in the United States.

BA-University of Michigan, 1970;     MBA-University of Wisconsin, 1973