Gregory R. Thompson

Managing Partner/Director ABS/RMBS/MBS/CMBS/CLO Trading

Gregory R. Thompson established Cullen Asher (USA) LLC in early 2010. Drawing from his diverse experience as a Credit Products analyst, trader and investor, he recognized the need for both transaction & focus-driven liquidity. Gregory spent the previous decade working for both Deutsche Bank Securities and Cantor Fitzgerald in ABS Trading & Credit Products.

With 18 Years of experience in the Debt Capital Markets Mr. Thompson’s career began in US Government Agency Sales for First Tennessee Bank. In 2000 he joined Deutsche Bank Securities. He credits experience during the credit crisis in Cantor’s Credit Products Group as the most challenging of his career, further leveraging and improving the process with Cullen Asher.

Gregory holds Series 7, 52, and 63 Licenses

Michael J. Penrose

Managing Director
Non-Agency Trading & Sales

Michael joined Cullen Asher in 2014 and heads Non-Agency Institutional Trading and Sales in New York after 11 years at Credit Suisse in their Structured Products Group. At Credit Suisse, Michael traded cash and synthetic credit for their proprietary trading desk. In addition to proprietary trading, Michael traded on the Non-Agency RMBS dealer desk, making markets in cash / synthetic mortgage credit and ABX tranches. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, he worked for Deloitte & Touche and Arthur Andersen, in financial services industry auditing roles, focused on banks, broker-dealers and hedge funds. Mr. Penrose holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accountancy from Villanova University and has a Finance and Business Economics MBA from Fordham University-Graduate School of Business.

Michael holds Series 7 and 63 Licenses and is also currently a Licensed CPA in the State of New York.