Morgan Stanley is a financial services corporation in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The company operates in 24 countries with 1300 offices and about 60,000 employees. Morgan Stanley isn’t the biggest investment firm in the industry even though it handles $2 trillion in client assets, but there is no denying that it is big.
Founding and Fields of Interests
It is not a coincidence that Morgan Stanley shares part with its name with JPMorgan Chase & Co. because the Morgan in Morgan Stanley is J.P. Morgan’s grandson. Morgan Stanley was founded in 1935, when federal regulation required that commercial banks and investment banks are to be separate and stay that way.
Morgan Stanley was first founded as an investment bank but has been more than that in the decades after it was founded. It handles operations in segments that traditionally overlap investment banking, such as commodities trading and asset management. Morgan Stanley also has a commercial banking operation that goes up against the likes of Wells Fargo & Co., US Bancorp and other similar outlets.
In the Global Financial Markets
Morgan Stanley has a reputation as a global leader in investment banking which corporations, organizations and governments from all around the world depend upon. Morgan Stanley has been recognized as one of the best in the industry when it comes to their advisory and capital-raising services.
Morgan Stanley has its Global Capital Markets division that responds with market judgement and dexterity to meet the needs of their clients. Morgan Stanley’s Global Capital Markets division combines their expertise in sales and trading and investment banking to give clients the best advice and solutions whether it be for an IPO, a debt offering or a leveraged buyout.