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Why Morgan Stanley for Investment Banking? / Overview of Morgan Stanley

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Morgan Stanley is one of the top investment banks in both the U.S. and around the world. They have solidified its position at the top of the bulge bracket group, consistently operating on the largest M&A and IPO transactions.

Morgan Stanley has a variety of divisions including investment banking and capital markets, wealth management, sales and trading, research, investment management, sustainable investing, and inclusive innovation.

In 2021, Morgan Stanley was named the best U.S. investment bank thanks to its agility in adapting to the pandemic and finding new opportunities for clients.

Their technology team is often regarded as one of the best in the industry and they are often selected as lead bookrunner on technology IPOs.

Morgan Stanley Overview

Remember that in order to craft a great answer to the common question "Why this Firm?", it's your responsibility to read articles and speak with employees. If you are interviewing with Morgan Stanley, you should make sure you know:

  • 1 deal that the investment banking group has done

  • 1 person at the firm (ideally someone who would have influence over your recruiting process)

  • 1 business model-specific detail to mention

We articulate how you can answer this question thoughtfully in our Investment Banking Course. We also cover all technical and qualitative information you need to get a top investment banking offer.

Big 3 Qualitative Questions

Selected Transaction

Morgan Stanley served as lead financial advisor to Unity Software during its purchase of Israeli software company ironSource, which will be merged into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unity.

  • Transaction Description: Unity Software Inc. (NYSE:U) entered into an agreement to acquire ironSource Ltd. (NYSE:IS) at a 74% share price premium. ironSource's CEO will be granted a spot on Unity's board.

  • Transaction Value: US$4.4B, all stock

  • Transaction Date: Announced July 2022

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Fact Sheet

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  • Company Name: Morgan Stanley

  • Description: Morgan Stanley is an American multinational investment management and financial services company that, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, advises, originates, trades, manages, and distributes capital for institutions, governments, and individuals

  • Bank Category: Bulge Bracket

  • Ticker: NYSE:MS

  • Founded: 1935

  • Employees: 60,000

  • Chief Executive Officer: James Gorman

  • Headquarters: New York City, USA


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Morgan Stanley Salary

Based on the H1B Database, the average base salary for an Analyst at Morgan Stanley is $100k - $125k.


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