Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

Gillian Yu

Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor

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Gillian Yu

We help you create comprehensive, multigenerational wealth management plans based on your goals, challenges and the values that guide your life.


About Gillian

Gillian Yu focuses on providing complex, holistic cross-border wealth management solutions for ultra high net worth individuals and families who live in Asia, the United States or a combination of both. Gillian’s primary focus is on helping her clients develop highly customized pre-liquidity planning solutions, monetization strategies, asset management strategies, wealth transfer strategies and plans to achieve their philanthropic goals.

Gillian joined Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in 2015 after spending 14 years with Credit Suisse Securities (USA) in San Francisco. During her tenure there, she executed one of the largest directed share programs for one of the largest initial public offerings (IPOs) in history. Earlier in her career, she worked for Chase Manhattan Bank in Taiwan. She has ranked among the top 20 of Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors since 2011, and as a top 10 Women Financial Advisor in 2013 and 2014.  More recently, Forbes ranked Gillian as one of the top 200 America’s Women Financial Advisors in 2017. Within these lists, Gillian is amongst one of the few Mandarin-speaking Asian female advisors with extensive cross-border wealth management experience.

Gillian received her MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2001. Born and raised in Taiwan, Gillian is fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese and English. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and playing the piano, both of which require the same discipline and care she applies to catering to her clients’ needs. Her favorite composers are Chopin and Godowsky.

Gillian Yu Helps Clients Navigate Global Markets, Family Dynamics >

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  • Comprehensive Wealth Planning
  • Pre-Liquidity Planning
  • Philanthropy Management
  • Corporate Services
  • Family Governance & Wealth Education
  • 10b5-(1) Programs
  • Open-Architecture Platform
  • Consolidated Reporting
  • Manager Selection
  • Hedging Strategies
  • Risk Management

Securities Agent: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, KS, NJ, NV, NY, OR, TX, VA, WA; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative

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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



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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.

Client Service Team

Client Service Team

Annie Hsieh

Wealth Management Associate

Annie Hsieh helps the team’s clients formulate and implement asset allocation strategies, 10b5-1 plans, Rule 144 sales and trade execution. She also assists clients with portfolio reviews, wealth planning, lending facilities and philanthropic giving strategies. Her background includes executing family and friends directed share programs for numerous IPOs.

Annie started her career at UBS Financial Services working with both cross-border and domestic private wealth management clients. After UBS, she joined Credit Suisse Securities (USA), working primarily with Rule 144 affiliates and various international and domestic ultra-high net worth clients. She came to Morgan Stanley with the team in 2015.

A graduate of University of California, Berkeley, Annie holds a B.A. in three disciplines: International Trade and Relations (Interdisciplinary), Legal Studies and Japanese. She speaks English, Mandarin and conversational Japanese. Her interests include raw cooking, concocting new recipes, playing the piano, reading, cycling, volunteering and hiking with her Siberian Husky “Ponyo” and Samoyed “Mochi.”



  • 555 California Street, 14th Fl
  • San Francisco, CA 94104

    Managing Significant Wealth

    • Investment Management
    • Wealth Transfer & Philanthropy
    • Cash Management & Lending
    • Family Governance & Legacy
    • Signature Access
    • Business Services

    Insights and Outcomes

    Thought Leadership for our ultra high net worth clients, which contains thought-provoking articles, authored by leading experts from Morgan Stanley Family Office Resources.

    We look forward to discussing your needs and goals, and the exceptional resources we can place at your disposal.

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