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May 14, 2014
06:19 EDTMS, BCSMorgan Stanley hires Brad Whitman from Barclays, NY Times reports
Morgan Stanley (MS) has hired Brad Whitman, a senior Barclays (BCS) banker, as a vice chairman in its financial institutions group, the New York Times reports, citing an internal memo. Reference Link
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March 25, 2015
07:22 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO selected partly due to experience with regulators, WSJ says
Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman selected Jonathan Pruzan to succeed Ruth Porat as CFO in part because Pruzan "understands the current regulatory environment" due to his role advising other banks on the Fed's stress test, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing an internal memo from Gorman. The Journal notes that Pruzan is a diplomatic "banker to other bankers," having advised Morgan Stanley's peers and rivals on financial matters as well as managing relationships with regulators. Reference Link
March 24, 2015
16:20 EDTMSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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10:44 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO change a 'manageable uncertainty,' says Wells Fargo
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09:09 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO Porat to join Google as new CFO
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Morgan Stanley (MS) this morning announced that current Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat will leave the firm and take on the same role at Google. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley said in a filing that Porat, who joined the firm in 1987, will leave the company, effective April 30. At Morgan Stanley, Porat was previously vice chairman of Investment Banking, global head of the Financial Institutions Group and and co-head of Technology Investment Banking. Google said in a separate statement that Porat will join the company as CFO on May 26. At Google, Porat will report to Google Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Larry Page. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jonathan Pruzan, currently co-head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, will succeed Porat as the bank's CFO upon Porat's departure. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley is down 0.14% in pre-market trading and Google is up 1.09%.
08:59 EDTMSMorgan Stanley confirms Jonathan Pruzan will succeed Ruth Porat as CFO
Morgan Stanley (MS) announced in a filing that Ruth Porat, executive VP and CFO, would leave the company on April 30. In a memo, CEO James Gorman says, "After a 28-year career at Morgan Stanley, Ruth Porat has decided to leave the Firm to take on a new role in Silicon Valley and return to her California roots. It is with a heavy heart that we see her go. Ruth joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 and has played a number of key roles at the Firm, from her time leading the tech banking franchise during the Internet boom, to leading the FIG banking team during the financial crisis, then as CFO partnering with the senior team to transform Morgan Stanley for the new regulatory environment. She has been a mentor and sponsor to many colleagues, and a role model for even more. Her tremendous energy, diligence and insight have been an enormous asset to the Firm... Jonathan Pruzan, currently Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking, will be appointed CFO upon Ruthís departure. Jon joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 and has spent more than 20 years at the Firm working with financial institution clients. He understands the current regulatory environment, having shepherded clients through the Fedís stress test and CCAR processes. He brings both great technical skill and proven leadership to this new role. Jon has served on the Morgan Stanley/MUFG steering committee since 2013 and will continue to do so. He will join the Firmís Operating Committee and Management Committee."
08:57 EDTMSGoogle confirms that Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat to join company as CFO
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08:55 EDTMSGoogle to name Ruth Porat as CFO, Bloombeg reports
Dow Jones previously reported that Porat is leaving Morgan Stanley (MS).
08:53 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO Porat leaving bank for role in Silicon Valley, DJ reports
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07:45 EDTMSMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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March 23, 2015
07:19 EDTMSCapital Link to hold a forum
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March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTMSU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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March 18, 2015
07:27 EDTBCSFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
07:20 EDTBCSU.S. considers 'tearing up' non-prosecution deals with banks, Bloomberg says
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March 17, 2015
14:37 EDTBCSCiti, Barclays near $800M settelement of forex suit, WSJ says
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March 16, 2015
14:08 EDTBCSEU regulator says time for fine-tuning, Reuters says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision believes the necessary bank regulatory framework is in place though some additional work must be done to finalize leverage ratio and capital floor rules, Reuters reported yesterday, citing statements by secretary-general William Coen at a financial conference in Doha. Coen added, "We're now at the state where we can take a step back and look to see how [the regulations] fit together," cautioning that further analysis must be data-driven but admitting that both banks and regulatory bodies were feeling "regulation fatigue." Publicly traded companies in the space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
13:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley's quarter not shaping up to be strong one, says Rafferty Capital
Rafferty Capital's Dick Bove said Morgan Stanley's current quarter is not shaping up to be a strong one. Bove said industry trade data from the NY Federal Reserve Bank is not that encouraging with fall offs in numbers in key categories. The analyst believes trading is flat to down overall in the quarter and investment banking its not fairing much better. Bove still views Morgan Stanley among his top picks for 2015 despite near-term issues.
12:33 EDTMSMorgan Stanley may be challenged in quarter, says Rafferty Capital
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March 13, 2015
15:40 EDTBCSDOJ sets $1B staring point in forex settlement talks with banks, Bloomberg says
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15:22 EDTBCSDOJ starts forex manipulation settlement talks at $1B per bank, Bloomberg says
Barclays (BCS), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS) are said to be probed by U.S. over currency manipulation, Bloomberg says.
07:18 EDTBCSBarclays new chairman expected to change investment bank unit, WSJ says
John McFarlane, a former restructuring professional, will become chairman of Barclays next month and may accelerate the bank's move away from investment banking, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing analysts including Chirantan Barua of Bernstein Research. However, it is not clear whether McFarlane will attempt to turn the investment bank unit profitable, or simply cut it down, notes Barua. The Journal notes that McFarlane has told friends that his goal will be to boost shareholder returns rather than changing the bank's culture. Reference Link
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