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    Bonus Watch ’12: Jefferies Wonders Aloud How Its Ass Tastes

    Jefferies set aside $870 million in the first six months of its fiscal year, enough to pay its 3,809 employees an average of $228,407. Goldman Sachs set aside $225,789 for each of its 32,300 workers. Average pay for the 26,553 people in JPMorgan’s investment bank was $184,989, or at least 18 percent less than Jefferies’s […]

    / Jul 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM
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    Layoffs Watch ’12: Morgan Stanley

    The House of Gorman will be saying good-bye to a few thousand Little Jims before year-end.

    Chairman and Chief Executive James Gorman said the firm’s work force at year-end will fall 7% from 2011, reflecting previously announced layoffs as well as the firm’s efforts in applying “a high bar for replacing attrition.” The forecast implies a reduction of more than 4,000 jobs from the firm’s global headcount of 61,899 at Dec. 31. Last winter, Morgan Stanley announced 1,600 job cuts spread across its businesses, which was its largest such cutback since late 2008 and early 2009. The firm completed roughly 4% to 5% of those cuts in January and will complete an additional 2% to 3% by the end of 2012, a spokeswoman said.

    Morgan Stanley Expects 7& Cut In Its Workforce [WSJ]

    / Jul 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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    Layoffs Watch ’12: Morgan Stanley

    The House of Gorman is said to be in the process of letting some employees down easy.

    Morgan Stanley will this week complete a round of job cuts that will ultimately lead to the company shedding 100 sales and trading staff, underscoring what is expected to prove a dismal second quarter for Wall Street banks. The cuts are across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, according to people familiar with the New York-based bank’s plans. The bank has so far laid off about two-thirds of its original 100-person target, leaving some 33 people to go this week.

    Morgan Stanle Said To Shed Staff As Deals Fall [FT]

    / Jul 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM
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    Banks Sell Products That Make Them Money. So Do Ratings Agencies

    The role of the hero who has been in the belly of the beast and emerged to slay it seems to be psychologically rewarding,* because people keep trying to claim it for themselves. Like this Geoffrey Tomes gentleman, who bared his soul to tell DealBook that he “was selling JPMorgan funds that often had weak […]

    / Jul 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM
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    Moody’s Slightly Reduces Overrating Of Banks

    Are we supposed to care about these downgrades? I like Glenn Schorr at Nomura, emphasis mine: We think the net financial impact of these downgrades will be manageable as 1) potential collateral calls are small percentages of these firms’ liquidity pools; 2) counterparties have been preparing for this for some time and ratings downgrades have […]

    / Jun 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM
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    Moody’s: Banks Do Things That Are Bad And Good And Bad For Them

    Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the debt ratings of 15 major international banks and securities firms on Thursday, a move that could cost the banks billions of dollars in extra collateral…U.S banks that were downgraded included: Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Morgan Stanley. “All of the banks affected by today’s actions have significant […]

    / Jun 21, 2012 at 5:54 PM
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    Morgan Stanley Suggests CNBC Check Themselves Before They Wreck Themselves

    Although the Morgan Stanley’s handling of the social media site’s disastrous stock offering is under scrutiny by just about every business news outlet under the sun, a Wall Street insider tells us the  investment banking’s corporate communications warriors are blaming CNBC for engaging in some pre-IPO hyping of their own. CNBC senior vice president and editor […]

    / Jun 21, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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    Morgan Stanley Won Its Lead Role On The Facebook IPO By Showing Mark Zuckerberg A Picture Of A Pretty Pretty Sports Car

    Here is a detail from the Wall Street Journal’s article today about how Morgan Stanley tech banker Michael Grimes excluded the other underwriters from having much of an active role in managing and pricing the Facebook IPO and I cannot stand how good it is: A page of his pitch book to other companies,* which […]

    / Jun 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM
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    Morgan Stanley’s Lead Tech Banker Put A Now-Awkward Clause In His Facebook IPO Contract

    In snaring the most coveted investment-banking assignment of the year, Morgan Stanley’s Michael Grimes insisted to a senior Facebook executive that he be the “single driver” of the company’s initial public offering, adding that if the deal soured, it would be his “throat to choke. [WSJ]

    / Jun 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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    Layoffs Watch ’12? Morgan Stanley?

    James Gorman is approaching cost-cutting with the same focus as the Zodiac killer, so maybe.

    Morgan Stanley is “maniacally focused” on cutting costs apart from compensation and is on track to reduce expenses by $500 million this year, Chief Executive James Gorman said on Tuesday. Gorman, speaking at a conference in New York, also reiterated Morgan Stanley’s plans to reduce costs by $1.4 billion annually over the long term…The bank is also monitoring the size of its overall payroll for possible job cuts as revenue remains under pressure from a weak market environment, he said. “We are very, very focused on that, obviously, in this environment,” said Gorman.

    Morgan Stanley “maniacally” focused on cost cuts-CEO [Reuters]
    Very much related: Morgan Stanley Joins Goldman Sachs In Herbicide

    / Jun 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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    Layoffs Watch ’12: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Barclays?

    Supposedly summer cuts are under consideration at all firms.

    Morgan Stanley is planning to eliminate about 100 trading jobs internationally in the next several weeks — with an unknown number of the cuts coming from New York. At Goldman, executives are likely to let the hatchet fall if the slowdown in trading doesn’t reverse itself, bank officials have said…Goldman is already cutting selectively among its middle-management ranks but could cut even deeper, sources explained. Goldman CFO David Viniar has told people that the firm may have to undergo a “right-sizing” again if the markets’ rocky road doesn’t improve, according to sources. And it’s not just Goldman and Morgan. Industry sources said that a number of other firms, including Citigroup and Barclays Capital, may also look to trim staff.

    [NYP]

    / Jun 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM
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    Morgan Stanley Will Soon Not Share Its Research Estimates With 14% More Retail Customers

    Morgan Stanley has announced that it will be buying 14% of its Morgan Stanley Smith Barney joint venture from Citi in a sort of glacially negotiated way. MS currently owns 51% of MSSB (plus $5.5bn of preferred interests), and Citi owns the other 49% (plus $2bn of preferred). You can read how they’re going to […]

    / May 31, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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    Confidential To The Haters: Check Back In With James Gorman About Facebook In A Year

    Until then, step off, bitch.

    Morgan Stanley Chairman and Chief Executive James Gorman defended the securities firm’s role in Facebook’s tumultuous initial public offering, telling employees internally that the firm worked “100% within the rules” and calling the steep decline in Facebook’s stock “disappointing.” Mr. Gorman, in a weekly strategy meeting Tuesday that was later webcast to employees, said “speculation of nefarious activity” surrounding the social networking company’s IPO is untrue. Contrary to some reports, he said, he wasn’t “aware of any dissent” among the underwriting firms regarding Facebook’s IPO price of $38 a share. The discussion, called a strategy forum, is held weekly at the firm. The event, which Mr. Gorman attends periodically, features commentary from analysts and economists and is linked to on the company’s internal website.

    Mr. Gorman told employees to “be proud of the job your colleagues did [in the Facebook IPO process] and don’t judge us based upon what happened over a couple of days.” Commenting on Facebook’s stock performance, Mr. Gorman acknowledged the first day of trading “matters” but added investors should also judge an IPO based on its share price after 30 days, 90 days and 12 months.

    Morgan Stanley Chief Defends Facebook Handling [WSJ]

    / May 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM
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    Number Of People Suing Facebook Approaching Number Of People On Facebook

    It did not take long for plaintiffs’ lawyers to realize that there was good money to be made by complaining about the Facebook IPO – there are at least two class actions against the company and underwriters so far, not to mention other class-action lawsuits against NASDAQ for screwing up trades. The securities-fraud lawsuits are […]

    / May 23, 2012 at 4:30 PM
  • Banks

    Spare Some Worrying For Ratings-Triggered Collateral

    Remember how a week ago people went around bothering themselves about Bank of America’s derivatives? Specifically how if they get downgraded, as seems plausible, they will have to come up with a zillion more dollars for derivative collateral? And how earlier this week they did the same for Morgan Stanley? Anyway we talked about it […]

    / May 11, 2012 at 6:22 PM
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    Wall Street Bank That Might Consider Entering The Witness Protection Program Screws Zoe Cruz Out Of A Job For The Second Time

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    Earlier this week, it was announced that Zoe Cruz would be closing her hedge fund, Voras Capital Management. Cruz started the fund in 2010, a few years after she was famously fired by John Mack at Morgan Stanley (where she was co-President), for reasons that remain unclear to this day but include theories like: a) the belief that she was responsible for losing the firm a few billion dollars b) a lot of people disliked her– including this guy named Vikram Pandi who was “not a fan“– and told Mack they would leave if he made Cruz CEO c) Mack had to blame either himself or Cruz for some losses and he chose her. d) She was, you know, a girl, and the boys didn’t like that. Regardless, the ousting was probably mildly to majorly humiliating for ZC and since Mack– who she was extremely close with prior to the personnel change– was the one who told her to hit the bricks, it would have been fair to assume she spent a least a little time fantasizing about  sticking pins in a Mack voodoo doll and/or slashing his tires.

    In 2009, though, Mack and Zoe had lunch and she told him she wanted to start a hedge fund. And maybe it was it was the fact that he was feeling nostalgic, maybe it was the fact that tragedy + time = comedy, maybe it was the fact that he was still riding high from “saving” Morgan Stanley, maybe it was the wine, maybe it was that he was feeling bad about the unceremonious canning and thought “Oh, why not just give the poor girl some money” but Mack went back to the office and “told bank executives that he would like to help her start her new investment business, according to people familiar with the matter.” And when they said, “But John, didn’t you fire her for supposedly taking on too much risk and losing the firm $4 billion,” he said “[Well], her track record was a very good track record.” So Morgan Stanley gave Cruz $20 million and she was on her way. And while we can’t say for sure, and we’re not suggesting money necessarily heals all wounds, the $20 million and the stamp of approval and the fact that she could say to investors she was trying to raise money from ,”Hey look, even the guy who fired me wants in” probably helped smooth things over and improve MS’s standing in the Cruz-missile’s eyes. She likely even had nice things to say about her former employer at social gatherings! And then this happened:

    Last month, Morgan Stanley asked for its money back, disappointed by the hedge fund’s performance and worried about the shrinking size of Ms. Cruz’s firm, according to people familiar with the matter…The retreat by Morgan Stanley was part of broader moves to sell off assets that Chief Executive James Gorman felt exposed the company to unnecessary risk or otherwise didn’t serve clients, the people said…On Thursday, the 57-year-old Ms. Cruz told clients in a letter that she has decided to close down Voras Capital Management. The letter cited “the difficult capital-raising environment for new funds and the enormous uncertainty and volatility in the markets,” according to a person who saw the letter. It was signed by Ms. Cruz.

    Oooo, that’s not good. In fact, it’s worse than if they’d never given her the $20 mill at all. But to give and take back? Yikes. All those nice things Cruz said about MS and Co? Strike them from the record because they are so over! Don’t call, don’t write, don’t cry don’t beg ’cause you’re done! Finished!

    Morgan Stanely Bailed On Firm [WSJ]

    / May 11, 2012 at 12:52 PM
  • News

    Facebook’s Lead Bookrunner Still Making Zuckerberg Work For It

    “FYI: Facebook still blocked at MS. Awkward. (Also, no banners or giant thumbs).” [Earlier, Related: Things that would never happen at JPMorgan]

    / May 7, 2012 at 5:42 PM
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    Dreams Of ‘What If’ Haunt Olympic Hopeful Who Walked Away From Morgan Stanley

    World champion rower Michael Blomquist valued the chance for an Olympics gold medal in London more than an analyst job at Morgan Stanley. He said the decision wasn’t easy. “It’s always going to be a difficult proposition to walk away from good money and from something that is comfortable and straightforward,” Blomquist said. “I’m loving […]

    / Apr 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM
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    Charlie Gasparino Reminds James Gorman He Is Public Enemy Number One On Wall Street, Will Break Your Knee Caps To Make A Point

    Gasparino: Let’s get something straight right off that bat– 6 months ago, someone at your firm wanted to kill me…you don’t want to kill me, correct?
    Gorman: Charlie…I don’t wan to kill you…I don’t think they did either.
    Gasparino: I don’t blame them if they did..given my reputation with PR people. So thank you for coming here, checking your guns at the door.

    Charlie Gasparino with Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman [FBN]

    / Apr 19, 2012 at 2:18 PM
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    Dick Bové Can’t Breathe He’s So Excited About Morgan Stanley

    “I think Morgan Stanley will allow you to buy that house on the coast of Spain. I think that stock is so cheap right now, it’s overwhelming. It should be bought and bought very aggressively, right now.” [Bloomberg TV]

    / Apr 2, 2012 at 5:32 PM
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    Investors Want To Put All Their Run-Off-With-My-Money Risk In One Place

    One way I like to imagine the world is that there’s sort of a constant amount of financial risk and entropy tends to increase, so that as time goes by everyone increasingly ends up facing the same financial risks as everyone else (though quantities and leverage vary) and idiosyncratic risk is a rare and beautiful […]

    / Mar 30, 2012 at 3:04 PM
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    John Mack Takes Another Job That Doesn’t Involve Selling Shoes At Bergdorf Goodman

    Earlier today, KKR announced that former Morgan Stanley Chairman and CEO John Mack will be joining the private equity firm as a senior adviser, “supporting new investing activities and providing counsel to KKR portfolio companies.” Including the new gig, Mack is now working three jobs, the others being “part-time adviser” to Morgan Stanley and author (as previously noted, he’s working on a book). And while it’s nice to see him keeping busy, you know what these little diversions don’t leave a lot of time for? Going after his dream.

    As you may recall, back in December Mack told a room full of Morgan Stanley employees that if he hadn’t become a banker, he would have been a women’s shoe salesman and that in the years since he chose one path over another, the former has never come close to replacing the latter when it comes to things that light a fire inside him. Even when he was CEO of Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, Mack found time to stop by Bergdorf Goodman and “watch the fierce New York ladies trying on Manolo Blahniks,” often advising them on what to purchase, based on which pairs spoke to him and which did not (“Those– those are the ones. Get them,” he would say with undeniably certainty). Which was why, Mack said with a glimmer in his eye, his retirement would include being a “part-time salesman at Berdorf’s.”

    And, yet, here we are, more than three months later, and no such job has been procured. What’s more, a spokeswoman for the department store has said that despite possessing an undeniable love and appreciation for shoes and being a born salesman, in order to work the floor, Mack would have to go through the same training program, just like everyone else, and he hasn’t even filled out the application to do so.

    Why the hold up? It seems pretty obvious that when it comes to the thing that makes him feel alive someone is scared. Not scared to fail– hell, he knows he can move that product. But scared the reality won’t live up to the dream. Scared that years from now, selling shoes will just be a slog like everything else. So he takes these bull shit little advisory jobs so he can say he “just doesn’t have the time” when the topic comes up, knowing full well that he goes to sleep at night and wakes up in the morning thinking about women’s shoes and that nothing, and we mean nothing, will ever compare to feeling he’ll get running back and forth to the stock room juggling six different styles in 3 different sizes, working his ass off to make that sale. The sooner he realizes that, the better. He obviously told the MS people about his little-known passion/plan for reason: to make himself accountable. If you see Mack today or next week or the week after, [tell him to go for it.]

    John Mack To Join KKR As Senior Adviser [Deal Journal]

    / Mar 27, 2012 at 1:57 PM
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    Team-Bonding Exercises Not Big Among Upper East Side Brothel Employees

    Besides double-teaming customers.

    The men weren’t promised “whatever they wanted” for $1,000. That implies that you’re giving up control. There’s an understanding that we’d do basic, normal things. Sometimes the clients wanted a threesome. That’s part of the job. Plus, that would cost them $2,000. I know threesomes make some women blush, but a lot of men want them. I’d talk to the other girl after, but it’s not like we’d talk about our feelings about being hookers. We didn’t grab a coffee together.

    [NYDN]

    / Mar 19, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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    Derivative Accomplishes Purpose And Unwinds At Market Price

    You can read the Jamie Dimon “Don’t gloat about how bad Goldman is. Did you hear me? Don’t gloat about how BAD GOLDMAN IS. The fact that GOLDMAN is BAD is of no interest to our clients. Or the press. Don’t leak this to the press!” memo two ways. One is, y’know, what it sounds like: Dimon gets to score some easy/meta points by spreading it around that his business practices are so superior that he doesn’t even need to spread it around that his business practices are superior. The other is that making money off of clients isn’t something invented at Goldman Sachs and anyone at JPMorgan who throws stones is likely to be clonked on the forehead by a ricochet. (Or possibly by a deranged fictional whistleblower!*)

    The latter interpretation is probably right for James Gorman’s more full-throated defense of Goldman because whoops:

    / Mar 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM
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    Manhattan DA Onto Any Who Cleaned Himself Up In UES Whorehouse

    Since being arrested nine days ago, accused madam Anna Gristina/Scotland has made a bunch of claims vis-à-vis charging people between $1000 and $2000/hour to be set up with hookers who bring other things to the table besides a hideously decorated fuck pad. 1) That a meeting with Morgan Stanley employee David Walker on the day […]

    / Mar 15, 2012 at 3:33 PM
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    Morgan Stanley Exec Maintains Innocence Re: Stabbing Cab Driver

    William Bryan Jennings, the co-head of North American fixed-income capital markets at Morgan Stanley who is currently on leave, appeared in court today (wearing “a blue suit, white shirt and patterned tie”) to plead not guilty to assault and hate-crime charges. Those charges would be the ones that resulted from an incident in which he took a cab from Manhattan to Connecticut (with a fateful stop for snacks), got into a dispute with the driver over the fare, and “accidentally” stabbed the guy with a pen knife. According to Bloomberg, following the plea, WBJ and his lawyer “drove away in a pickup truck.”

    / Mar 9, 2012 at 1:32 PM
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    Morgan Stanley Would Prefer Employee/Friend Of Brothel Owner Not Be Seen Around The Office For The Time Being

    Despite telling Morgan Stanley’s legal counsel that he and Anna Gristina/Scotland were merely “friends” as opposed to partners in a whorehouse that he was supposedly trying to help her line up financing for, broker David Walker, who has not been charged with anything, has been put on administrative leave “until the Manhattan district attorney’s office […]

    / Mar 8, 2012 at 11:49 AM
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    Morgan Stanley Guy Identified As Friend And Partner Of Brothel CEO Doesn’t Know What All The Fuss Is About

    Earlier today it was reported that the Morgan Stanley employee who was helping Upper East Side madam and self-titled “CEO” Anna Gristina/Scotland expand her “empire” was a broker David Walker. Subsequently, some people showed up to one David Walker’s apartment for a comment on the matter. He told them 1) That contrary to various stories, […]

    / Mar 7, 2012 at 3:56 PM

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