Comprehensive consulting for investment advisors, broker-dealers and private funds.

Our Mission:

To improve the overall quality of investment firms by developing professional competence, employee satisfaction, and compelling and integrated corporate strategy.

Our Approach and Values:

  • We practice healthy communication - honest, direct, and in the service of our clients
  • We listen carefully
  • A good night’s sleep is important - what we do helps our clients (and us!) get there
  • It's not usually about the the money (but we like money)
  • Happiness and competence are mutually reinforcing; we encourage both
  • We maintain our perspective and our sense of humor
  • We know our limits and are clear about them

Lauren Heyne

Partner and Co-Founder

Lauren brings more than 25 years of experience to the practice. She has worked at many diverse Northwest regional firms. Her experience and background include accounting, operations, trade support, human resources, and compliance for financial services firms offering varied services, including clearance and settlement, subscription business and insurance, investment banking, private placements, research, equity trading, and proprietary fixed-income trading. Prior to joining Precedent, she served as Chief Compliance Officer and a member of the executive committee for a fixed-income inter-dealer broker.

Lauren likes compliance and enjoys working with people – she is proof that strong compliance and engaging repartee aren’t mutually exclusive. She is able to look at complex issues from varying perspectives, helping to bridge executive-level business needs with operational functionality and compliance requirements. She is adept at writing policies and procedures that make sense and can actually be used.  Her multi-layered experience, her role as an executive officer and her participation in ongoing workflow provides firms withinsight and depth as they look to drive growth initiatives while remaining well within appropriate compliance parameters.

Lauren has a degree in Linguistics from the University of Washington.  She has held the Series 7, 24, 53, 63 and 65 licenses.

Michelle Heyne

Partner and Co-Founder

Michelle brings over 30 years of diverse management and executive experience in the financial services field, ranging from operations and compliance to conflict management and leader development. Michelle has devoted her career to the thoughtful convergence of operational expertise and human engagement as essential to the thriving organization. She is committed to harmonizing the pressing business imperatives of clients, and the often complicated and contradictory regulatory requirements they must observe, with professional development at both the team and managerial levels. She is particularly focused on helping organizations successfully navigate transitions and keep conflicts at a productive and energizing level. 

Michelle got her start in 1985 as the Internal Controls Manager for a Seattle-based self-clearing firm. Prior to Precedent, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for dual registrant McAdams Wright Ragen, Inc., with total client assets of over $8 billion. As a member of the executive team, she helped shepherd the organization’s growth from about 60 employees in 2006 to over 170 in 2012, with branches throughout the Pacific Northwest. During that period, she developed and managed compliance protocols for an extensive range of services including core brokerage activities, proprietary equity and bond trading, institutional sales, investment banking, and proprietary research. Her compliance role was especially important in the rapid evolution of the firm’s transition toward a substantial investment advisory business with assets under management of over $2 billion.

Michelle completed NTL's Organization Development Certificate Program and is qualified to administer the MBTI® Instrument. Michelle currently holds the series 4, 7, 24, 27, 55 and 79 securities licenses, and previously held the Series 53 and. 

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Janice Greene

Partner and Co-Founder

Janice brings 30 years of experience working for financial services companies to the practice. She began her career as a registered representative with a Seattle based broker-dealer. During the course of her tenure she wore many hats: sales, operations, and office management, general principal and branch manager, ultimately joining the executive suite as Director of Compliance. In addition, she was responsible for developing the investment advisory affiliate of the firm as well as serving as its Chief Compliance Officer.

In the eight years prior to co-founding Precedent, she served as Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, and Human Resources Director for Freestone Capital Management ($2 billion in AUM at the time), which included Freestone Securities, a registered broker-dealer, and Freestone Investments, a registered investment advisor to Freestone’s hedge fund and fund of funds complex.

Janice is an expert in convoluted regulatory issues and, unusual for this industry, also brings significant people skills, including facility with managing major conflict, navigating competing priorities, and successfully completing large scale projects with limited resources.  Her sense of humor is central in helping her find creative solutions to complex problems.  Janice brings a unique and comprehensive background in broker-dealer and investment adviser management to her consulting practice.  One of her passions is mentoring young professionals into becomingemotionally intelligent leaders. Noting the lack of professional organizations for women in financial services prompted her to found the Seattle Chapter of Financial Women International, which she chaired from 2006-2009.

Janice has been active in the compliance arena through an organization she founded in 2005, Northwest Compliance Professional Roundtable. The group meets regularly to confer and discuss current trends, problematic compliance concerns and all the other fun stuff that compliance officers deal with daily. Janice also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Alternative Investment Association, a Seattle based membership organization that facilitates networking and educational forums targeted to individuals and firms managing pooled vehicles and other alternative investments.

Janice has a degree in Business Economics from Colorado State University.  She has held the Series 7, 24, 53, 55, 4, 63, and 65 registrations.