Morgan Stanley's 2015 analyst class is in situ. The bank tweeted news of their arrival last week, along with a photograph of a crowded dining hall seemingly full of a lot of dark haired young men. So, who exactly has joined Morgan Stanley this summer?
Publicly available profiles suggest there are plenty of the usual suspects: high achieving students with a list of internships as long as the Greek debt negotiation process. If you're thinking of applying for a front office role at Morgan Stanley, here's a sample of the sorts of people the bank likes to hire.
1. Arun Manikundalam, a former teaching fellow at the NYU Stern School of Business
Manikundalam just joined Morgan Stanley's media and telecoms group in New York. Having helped teach NYU Stern's 'Foundations of Financial Markets' course for five months, Manikundalam already has a healthy knowledge of finance. It helps that he was a summer analyst in the same group at Morgan Stanley last year and completed a four month internship at Pharus Advisors, a mid-market boutique, in 2013.
2. Brogan Moss, a 'woman in finance president' with a 1st class degree in economics
Brogan Moss has a first class degree in economics from Warwick University in the UK. She has five A-levels, four of which were graded A* and one of which was graded A. She was the president of the women in finance group at Warwick and attended a one month women's 'community works project' at Goldman Sachs. She completed a summer internship with Morgan Stanley last year and has also completed spring internships at Nomura, Morgan Stanley and Rothschild. Brogan is joining Morgan Stanley as an analyst in the markets business.
3. Eugene Say, a graduate of Singapore Management University with a long list of competition winnings
Morgan Stanley has also hired Eugene Say for its Asian business. A graduate of Singapore Management University, Say is joining Morgan Stanley's capital markets business after competing a summer internship with the bank last year. He's also interned for DNB Markets, Citi, and BruVenture Capital.
What really differentiates Say, however, is his massive list of competition winnings. Among other things he won the National University of Singapore's stock pitch challenge in 2015, was a 'champion' in the CFA's Global Research Challenge in 2013, and was the first runner up in Bain & Co's research challenge in the same year. In total, Say has 11 such accolades to his name.
4. James Xing'an Wang, an investment banking analyst in Hong Kong who's been specially recognized by the CFA Institute
Like Say, Xing'an Wang has received some special plaudits from outside bodies. He's just joined Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong after interning last summer in the bank's Global Power & Utilities (GPUG) and Transportation Group. He's also been an investment banking analyst at China Construction Bank and has spent two months interning at China's ASEAN investment cooperation fund. A graduate of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, he's spent time studying in California and won a CFA Institute Student Scholarship in December 2014 and was the Hong Kong champion for the CFA's research challenge in November.
5. Zara Boyd, a Cambridge University student and choir singer
Zara Boyd has joined Morgan Stanley in London as an analyst in IBD. She interned with the bank last summer and studied natural sciences at Cambridge University. Alongside her banking activities, Boyd is a keen singer and member of the national youth choir.
6. Clemente Castellucci, an Italian student who achieved full marks in his final exams
Clemente Castelluci is joining Morgan Stanley's investment banking division after interning in its FIG team last summer. A graduate of Bocconi University's Bachelor in Business Administration and Management program. Castelluci achieved 110/110 in his final exams. He's completed London Business School's Masters in Management Programme and has also interned in GIC's European equity team and at Ardian, formerly known as Axa Private Equity.