Morgan Stanley to Cut 9 Percent of Asset Management Staff

By Staff Report

Nov. 14, 2008

Morgan Stanley plans to lay off 9 percent of employees in its asset management group as a result of closing and consolidating nonperforming and overlapping investment funds. The firm also plans to lay off 10 percent of its institutional securities staff.

“The firm is resizing its cost base and headcount to match current opportunities in the marketplace, while reallocating resources to those businesses that provide an attractive risk-adjusted return on capital,” said spokeswoman Erica Platt.

She declined to comment on specifics of the layoffs or which funds were being closed or consolidated.

The asset management division had $570 billion in assets under management as of August 31.

Filed by Jing Zhou of Pensions & Investments, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail editors@workforce com.

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