Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

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Our goal is to help you preserve and grow your financial, family and social capital so that it may have the greatest positive impact for generations to come.



As your wealth reaches significant levels, you may discover that you require a level of financial advice, trading capabilities and personalized attention that is difficult to find within the wealth management industry. The complexities of your situation may call for institutional-level services to diversify large, concentrated positions; implement cohesive wealth management strategies across multiple tax structures; or otherwise implement sophisticated investment plans. You need a team with deep experience in dealing with issues that most financial advisors will never see.

At The 525 Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, we help our exceptionally successful group of clients address these issues every day. Focusing exclusively on the complex challenges associated with significant wealth, we work with families like yours to create and implement highly-customized, comprehensive plans based on their precise needs and ambitions. Our mission is to help protect and responsibly grow the wealth you have created. We are committed to working with you and adding value throughout your wealth lifecycle, from pre-liquidity estate and tax planning to defining an investment strategy, selecting investments and monitoring your portfolio’s performance and risk.

Our team consists of accomplished professionals with diverse backgrounds and complementary skills. Each of us has a unique concentration and competency, providing you with broad insight across a range of investment areas. Across our team, we have well over 100 years of financial industry experience, including 75 years of continuous tenure at Morgan Stanley. These deep roots offer us direct access to the intellectual capital of the firm and give us an unrivaled ability to apply those resources to help you achieve your goals.

We welcome the opportunity to help you and your family address your most complex wealth and investment management needs.

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About PWM

About PWM

Founded in 1977, Private Wealth Management is the division of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management that is dedicated to serving the firm’s most affluent clients, including some of the world’s most accomplished entrepreneurs, executives and stewards of multigenerational wealth.  Functioning as an exclusive investment boutique within a global financial firm, we deliver sophisticated solutions that leverage the intellectual capital and insight of Morgan Stanley’s substantial global resources. Drawing on a deep understanding of your financial life, our goal is to help you:

  • Manage investments with an unwavering focus on your financial strategy and personal goals
  • Create comprehensive, multigenerational wealth management plans based on your needs, challenges and the values that guide your life and legacy
  • Simplify financial complexity to help you achieve clarity and control 

Private Wealth Management Highlights
  • Approximately 250 teams1 specialized in assisting individuals and families with $20MM+ in investable assets
  • Over $300 billion in AUM2
  • Comprising over 20% of the Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors list for 20163
  • Direct access to ultra high net worth experts in philanthropy, family dynamics, wealth transfer, lifestyle advisory and other areas of interest to ultra high net worth families

1 Morgan Stanley Internal Compensable Revenue Report, July 21, 2016
2 Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, December 31, 2016
3 Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors, April 16, 2016

Our Clients


We serve an exceptionally successful group of entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and other accomplished people. Our clients include key executives in the technology and financial services industries, founders of hedge funds and venture capital firms, and some of the largest family offices in the nation. Largely as an extension of these relationships, we also provide investment management services to a number of foundations, endowments and other institutional clients. Our average household relationship is over $20 million, and several are substantially larger and extend across generations.

Most of our clients are in the process of building substantial legacies. They have lofty ambitions for their businesses, their families and the causes they support, and they look to us for sophisticated strategies that can help them reach their goals. We work to help our clients protect and enhance their wealth so they are free to focus on the people, passions and causes that add meaning to their lives.

We manage approximately $3.5 billion (as of November 2016) in assets for our clients, who include numerous:

  • Family offices of Forbes’ The World’s Billionaires
  • Senior executives of large investment banks
  • Managers of mutual funds, hedge funds and private equity funds
  • Endowments and foundations



Our team’s overarching investment philosophy is governed by these tenets:

  • Preservation of purchasing power
  • Portfolio liquidity and transparency
  • A constant search for attractive investment opportunities
Our clients come to us as financially successful people who are concerned about protecting and responsibly growing the wealth they have created. Often, they are seeking objective, well-researched and value-added investment advice, which we believe is the cornerstone of every long-term investment advisory relationship. In every case, they expect—and receive—best-in-class service.

In helping our clients design and implement wealth management plans that have been customized to their goals, we emphasize the importance of highly-diversified global portfolios of tax-efficient, value-driven investments. We often utilize passive investments in combination with, or in place of, actively-managed products, especially in mature or volatile asset classes. We frequently rebalance these portfolios to maintain appropriate asset allocations within and across tax and estate structures.

We strongly believe that being close to the markets is crucial to our ability to provide logical and risk-appropriate financial advice to our clients. We offer a comprehensive coverage model shaped by our extensive experience in the institutional capital markets. As such, we attempt to implement tactical shifts in asset allocation when specific asset classes offer asymmetric returns.



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Discovery Process
Investing the time to learn about you and your family; your assets and liabilities and the risk exposures, enables us to formulate strategies and customize the relationship to your needs.

Formulation of Tax, Trust and Estate Strategy
Working with your tax and legal advisors, we help analyze your income and estate tax circumstances to identify and tailor planning techniques that may be used to address your objectives.

Creation of Customized Strategic Asset Allocation
Your customized asset allocation reflects risk, opportunities and taxation across multiple entities, while integrating your investing and estate plans.

Integration of Tactical Asset Allocation
Short-term adjustments seek to capitalize on temporary market distortions. Before making adjustments, we analyze the impact of taxes and trading costs on potential returns.

Implementation of a Customized Wealth Strategy
After comprehensive due diligence and analysis of expected results across multiple market scenarios, strategies are chosen from our expansive investment platform.

Ongoing Assessment
In coordination with your other advisors, we can conduct ongoing reviews and comprehensive reporting to ensure that your strategy adapts to changing financial and family needs.



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  • San Francisco, CA 94104

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