Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Incredible Irony Of Morgan Stanley's Facebook Post-Mortem

Words can come back to bite you. From Zerohedge:

Just after the market close on what will probably go down as the worst day in history for every stock-broker-come-private-wealth-commission-taker's wealth-manager's future business (that would be the Facebook IPO - or as some call it "Blue-Friday"), the head of Morgan Stanley's 'Consulting Services Group' sent what is likely the worst timed, worded, and ironic self-congratulatory email of all time. James Walker, the MD of the group - which manages $385 billion of client assets and is the nation's largest managed accounts business - was not wrong in his summation that this IPO was "orderly, fair, and well-communicated" and "will have a long-lasting impact on our clients and the organization". We assume he didn't mean "finish it" as one can only imagine the breadth of these clients who ended up stuffed full of the worst large IPO of the decade.

and in case you didn't know who James Walker and his new role in Consulting Services...

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Names James F. Walker Head of Consulting Services Group

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Morgan Stanley Smith Barney today announced the appointment of Managing Director James F. Walker to head the Consulting Services Group, the industry-leading provider of investment consulting and managed account services.

Mr. Walker, 47, succeeds James J. Tracy, who was named in July as Chief Operating Officer of Distribution and Development for Wealth Management in the U.S., Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Mr. Walker will continue to report to Paul Hatch, Head of the Investment Strategy and Solutions Group.

“Jim Walker’s extensive industry experience, deep knowledge of Consulting Services and close rapport with Financial Advisors and clients make a great leadership combination. I look forward to working with him as we drive investment excellence and build on the historic leadership of our Consulting Services Group,” said Mr. Hatch.

With over $385 billion in client assets, the Consulting Services Group is the U.S. wealth management industry’s managed accounts leader, with a market share of nearly 21%. It also leads in several of the fastest growing managed account categories, including rep as portfolio manager (35.3% market share) and unified managed accounts (33.8% market share). (Source: Cerulli Associates 2Q 2010 Summary, August, 2010).

Mr. Walker most recently served at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as Chief Operating Officer of Investment Strategy and Solutions, with responsibility for strategy, coordination and overall business leadership. Prior to this position, he was Director of Finance, Risk and Strategy for Citi Global Wealth Management Investments, having joined Citi in 2006 as COO of Investment Advisory Services.

Earlier, Mr. Walker held a succession of leadership positions over 20 years with Merrill Lynch’s Global Wealth Management Group, including Chief Administrative Officer for the Global Private Client business, complex manager positions in Wellesley, MA and Norfolk, VA, and Midwest regional sales manager. He began his career in 1985 as a Financial Advisor in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.

He received his B.A. in economics from Catholic University of America, and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Sloan Fellow, where he received a S.M. in management science and continues as a lecturer. He is a Certified Investment Management Analyst and member of the Investment Management Consultants Association.

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