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Global Fixed Income Insights
2018 Emerging Markets Debt Outlook
 
The Emerging Markets Debt Team discusses their outlook for the 2018 and why there is a case for medium-term optimism.
Market Outlook
Review/Outlook: Global Fixed Income Opportunities
 
Jim Caron provides his review of the first quarter of 2018 and his outlook on market opportunities.
Global Equity Observer
The Pricing Power of Staples
 
Do consumer staples still have pricing power? The International Equity Team believes yes, those compounders that are well invested still do.
Investment Insight
Quantamental investing: The future is now
 
Applied Equity Advisors combines factor investing with stock-specific research. Tapping both sources of excess returns helps us achieve greater consistency of returns and avoid behavioral pitfalls.
 
 
 
 

Investment Insight

Head to Head: Global Brands and Global Quality 

Jul 09, 2018 

The International Equity Team’s Laura Bottega poses some topical questions about the team’s MS INVF Global Brands and Global Quality Funds to portfolio manager Bruno Paulson
 
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Global Fixed Income Insights

The Flattening Yield Curve: We're Not Too Worried 

Jul 09, 2018 

The Global Fixed Income Team discusses why the yield curve is flattening and why they are not overly worried about it.
 
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Investment Insight

GMA Viewpoint - Been Down So Long / It Seem Like Up To Me – May 2018  

Jun 30, 2018 

MSIM’s Global Multi-Asset Team discusses their investment views in the latest viewpoint: "Been Down So Long / It Seem Like Up To Me"
 
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Investment Insight

An Introduction to Alternative Lending 

Jun 30, 2018 

Alternative lending is an asset class borne of bank disintermediation and technological innovation. As investors grapple with the portfolio implications of a rising interest rate environment alongside a continuing search for yield, this nascent asset class may offer attractive risk-adjusted returns. It may also provide exposure to a secular shift in the way consumers and small businesses access capital.
 
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Media Appearance

MSIM’s Dennis Lynch featured in Business Insider  

Jun 22, 2018 

Head of Growth Investing, Dennis Lynch, shares his best advice for one day conquering Wall Street.
 
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Macro Insight

Opportunities in A-shares 

Jun 20, 2018 

MSCI’s inclusion of China A-shares into global indices will likely boost investor focus. The Global Emerging Markets Team discusses opportunities in this vast and largely uncharted portion of China’s complex markets.
 
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Media Appearance

MSIM’s Dennis Lynch featured in Business Insider  

Jun 20, 2018 

Business Insider selected MSIM’s Head of Growth Investing, Dennis Lynch, to engage in a series of exclusive interviews. Dennis Lynch reveals the epiphany that shaped his investment career.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners Completes Investment in Comar 

Jun 19, 2018 

Investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Capital Partners (MSCP), the Private Equity team within Morgan Stanley Investment Management, announced today that they have completed an investment in Comar Holding Company, LLC. MSCP partnered with the current management team, led by Michael Ruggieri, who will remain CEO and continue to drive organic and acquisition growth.
 
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Global Equity Observer

The Risk of Losing Money 

Jun 18, 2018 

Don’t lose money – the International Equity Team explains how investing in high quality mitigates this fundamental risk.
 
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Global Fixed Income Bulletin

A Bumpy Ride 

Jun 15, 2018 

The Global Fixed Income team discusses how May was a schizophrenic month for financial markets, with both bouts of "risk on" and "risk off", and how they expect the high volatility to continue.
 
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Media Appearance

MSIM’s Dennis Lynch featured in Business Insider  

Jun 11, 2018 

Head of Growth Investing, Dennis Lynch, delves into two companies that recently captured his attention.
 
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Sustainability Insight

Sustainable Signals 

Jun 11, 2018 

In a survey of institutional investors, 70% said they are integrating sustainable investing into their investment process, signaling just how quickly the ESG imperative is catching on.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Energy Partners and Presidio Petroleum Announce Strategic Partnership 

Jun 01, 2018 

Investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Energy Partners (MSEP), part of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and Fort Worth, Texas-based Presidio Investment Holdings LLC announced today a strategic partnership whereby MSEP has made a majority equity investment in Presidio Petroleum.
 
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Market Outlook

Both Sides, Now: The Disruptive Power of Energy Efficiency 

Jun 01, 2018 

The global shift towards energy efficiency has the potential to disrupt virtually every sector, increasing productivity, improving corporate earnings and spurring capital investment.
 
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Market Outlook

Both Sides, Now: The Disruptive Power of Energy Efficiency 

Jun 01, 2018 

The global shift towards energy efficiency has the potential to disrupt virtually every sector, increasing productivity, improving corporate earnings and spurring capital investment.
 
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Market Outlook

Applied Equity Advisors May 2018 Monthly Commentary 

May 31, 2018 

Andrew Slimmon, head of the Applied Equity Advisor’s team, discusses his market views in the May 2018 Monthly Commentary.
 
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Media Appearance

Dennis Lynch shares his secret weapon 

May 29, 2018 

For over 14 years, Dennis Lynch has used disruptive change research to challenge conventional thinking and overcome biases.  Business Insider explores how disruption serves as the connective tissue between all of Lynch’s investment ideas.
 
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Global Fixed Income Insights

Emerging Markets: Don't Judge a Book by its Aggregates 

May 21, 2018 

The Emerging Markets Debt Team addresses some of economist Carmen Reinhart's recent statements as well as other popular misconceptions about emerging markets.
 
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Investment Insight

Quantamental investing: The future is now 

May 18, 2018 

Applied Equity Advisors combines factor investing with stock-specific research. Tapping both sources of excess returns helps us achieve greater consistency of returns and avoid behavioral pitfalls.
 
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Global Equity Observer

The Pricing Power of Staples 

May 17, 2018 

Do consumer staples still have pricing power? The International Equity Team believes yes, those compounders that are well invested still do.
 
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Investment Insight

The EDGE: Blockchain 

May 15, 2018 

The Growth Team examines Blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies and its potential disruptive power.
 
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Media Appearance

MSIM’s Dennis Lynch featured in Business Insider  

May 13, 2018 

Business Insider selected MSIM’s Head of Growth Investing, Dennis Lynch, to engage in a series of exclusive interviews.  The first of which describes how his team’s edge begins with one word: Temperament.
 
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Global Fixed Income Bulletin

Ranges Are Meant to be Broken 

May 11, 2018 

The Global Fixed Income team discusses how we may have seen markets settle in a range in April, but that new economic data (better or worse) could force the market to change its expectations.
 
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Press Release

Fusion Completes Private Placement of Common Stock Led by Morgan Stanley Credit Partners 

May 08, 2018 

Fusion (NASDAQ:FSNN), a leading provider of cloud services, announced today that on May 4, 2018, it closed a private placement (the “Private Placement”) of 1,523,811 shares of its common stock. The shares were priced at $5.25 per share for gross proceeds of $8.0 million. Proceeds from the Private Placement will be used by Fusion for general corporate purposes.
 
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Press Release

Fusion Announces Closing of Birch Acquisition 

May 07, 2018 

Fusion (NASDAQ:FSNN), a leading provider of cloud services, announced today that on May 4, 2018, it closed its previously-announced acquisition of the Cloud and Business Services business of Birch Communications Holdings, Inc. (“Birch”). The acquisition was completed through a merger of a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fusion with and into Birch. The total enterprise value of this transaction was approximately $600 million, consisting of approximately 50 million shares of Fusion common stock and the refinancing of $444 million of Birch indebtedness.
 
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Investment Focus

AIP Hedge Fund Solutions – Quarterly Review and Outlook 

May 07, 2018 

Chris Morser, Head of AIP's Hedge Fund Solutions Team, reviews the performance of hedge fund strategies in the first quarter of 2018
 
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Press Release

Concentra Analytics Completes a £41 Million Growth Equity Investment 

May 01, 2018 

Concentra Analytics, the creator of Software as a Service (“SaaS”) data solutions used to visualize, model and track business operations, today announced the completion of a £41 million growth equity investment led by One Peak Partners, with participation from co-investors Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, Joseph Schull, Connected Capital, as well as existing shareholder, City Securities.
 
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Tales from the Emerging World

Why Wall Street Has the Jitters 

May 01, 2018 

The Global Emerging Markets Team examines the reason for recent market jitters, and debates whether Trump’s latest threats really have an impact.
 
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Market Outlook

(It's Not War) Just the End of Love 

May 01, 2018 

We see the tariff tantrum between the US and China as a negotiating tactic rather than the start of a trade war, presenting opportunities for investors who can trade around the volatility.
 
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Investment Insight

GMA View Point - Navigating Higher Inflation: An Empirically-Based Multi-Asset Approach 

Apr 30, 2018 

MSIM’s Global Multi-Asset Team discusses their investment views in the latest viewpoint: “Navigating Higher Inflation: An Empirically-Based Multi-Asset Approach.”
 
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Market Outlook

Applied Equity Advisors March 2018 Commentary 

Apr 24, 2018 

Andrew Slimmon, head of the Applied Equity Advisor's team, discusses his market views in the March 2018 Monthly Commentary.
 
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Market Outlook

Review/Outlook: Global Fixed Income Opportunities 

Apr 20, 2018 

Jim Caron provides his review of the first quarter of 2018 and his outlook on market opportunities.
 
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Press Release

VizExplorer Announces Strategic Investment by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital 

Apr 17, 2018 

VizExplorer today announced that it has closed a strategic investment round by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital. The investment will enable VizExplorer to scale business operations, enhance its analytics platform for the casino industry, and deliver new solutions for additional verticals including manufacturing, entertainment venues and healthcare. Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital is the growth-focused private equity platform within Morgan Stanley Investment Management. VizExplorer was previously owned by Endeavor, which will continue to have a minority investment in the company.
 
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GLOBAL EQUITY OBSERVER

Compounding Through the Noise 

Apr 16, 2018 

The International Equity Team welcomes the return of market volatility and suggests the relative certainty of high-quality companies doesn’t look expensive.
 
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Global Fixed Income Bulletin

Goldilocks Meets the Three Bears 

Apr 13, 2018 

The Global Fixed Income team discusses how January felt like Golidlock’s conditions for markets, but March brought the three bears of risk—trade war, rising short-term rates and FANG stocks.
 
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Press Release

Instapage Raises $15M Series A Funding Round Led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital 

Apr 10, 2018 

Instapage, the landing page and post-click optimization solution for digital advertisers, has today announced a $15 million growth investment from Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, the growth-focused private investment platform within Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Investment funds will allow Instapage to accelerate the enterprise adoption of the Instapage post-click optimization solution, expedite platform development to further help large-scale marketers and advertisers improve ROI, and expand sales and client service operations.
 
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Press Release

Brazos Midstream Agrees to Sell Delaware Basin Subsidiaries to Morgan Stanley Infrastructure for $1.75 Billion 

Apr 09, 2018 

Brazos Midstream Holdings, LLC ("Brazos" or the "Company") and its financial sponsor, Old Ironsides Energy, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Delaware Basin subsidiary companies to North Haven Infrastructure Partners II ("NHIP II") and related funds for approximately $1.75 billion in cash. Closing is expected in the second quarter of 2018 and is subject to customary approvals and closing conditions.
 
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Market Outlook

A Convergence of Fortune 

Apr 06, 2018 

As the global economy continues to improve, emerging markets (EM) are converging with developed markets. In aggregate, we expect their reasonable valuations, healthy risk premiums and stable inflation to drive EM outperformance.
 
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Investment Insight

GMA View Point - Regime Shift: The End of Free Money 

Mar 31, 2018 

MSIM’s Global Multi-Asset Team discusses their investment views in the latest viewpoint: “Regime Shift: The End of Free Money.”
 
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Connecting the Dots

Portfolio Underperformance: Symptoms and Hacks 

Mar 28, 2018 

An inescapable fact of being a relative return fund manager is that performance is measured relative to a benchmark index. Our Indian Equity team reveal the tell-tale symptoms of underperformance and how to contend with it.
 
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Macro Insight

Indian Equity: An All-Weather Asset Class 

Mar 26, 2018 

India's economy is showing green shoots of recovery following the ambitious reforms of 2016-2017. We discuss why we believe this could be an opportune time to position in India.
 
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Investment Insight

Investing Overseas with Morgan Stanley’s International Equity Team 

Mar 23, 2018 

The International Equity Team outlines their strategy for investing in developed foreign markets; combining High Quality Compounders with Value Opportunities.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Energy Partners Completes Investment in Specialized Desanders, Inc. 

Mar 21, 2018 

Investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Energy Partners (MSEP) announced today that they have completed an investment in Specialized Desanders, Inc (SDI). MSEP is partnering with CEO Chris Hemstock and the current SDI management team to support the growth of the company's innovative oilfield equipment and services business across North America and internationally.
 
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GLOBAL EQUITY OBSERVER

An Illusion of Liquidity 

Mar 21, 2018 

A liquidity crisis may cause pain but might also offer potential investment opportunities, says the International Equity Team’s Dirk Hoffmann-Becking.
 
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Investment Insight

Head to Head: Global Franchise and Global Quality 

Mar 21, 2018 

The International Equity Team’s Laura Bottega poses some topical questions about the team's Global Franchise and Global Quality Strategies to portfolio manager Bruno Paulson.
 
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Press Release

Orthofix Announces Agreement to Acquire Spinal Kinetics 

Mar 15, 2018 

Orthofix International N.V. (NASDAQ:OFIX), a global medical device company focused on musculoskeletal healing products and value-added services, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Spinal Kinetics Inc., a privately held developer and manufacturer of artificial cervical and lumbar discs.
 
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Global Fixed Income Bulletin

It's Complicated… 

Mar 15, 2018 

The Global Fixed Income team discusses how the current market is complicated and the ride is likely to be bumpier than last year, but they believe positive growth fundamentals will prevail.
 
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Media Appearance

Market Overreaction to Cohn's Exit 

Mar 08, 2018 

Jim Caron appeared on Bloomberg to discuss what he sees as the markets overreaction to Gary Cohn's exit.
 
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Investment Insight

How to Think About Correlation Numbers: Long-Term Trends vs. Short-Term Noise 

Mar 07, 2018 

While long-term correlations between stocks and managed futures are close to zero, shorter-term correlations between the two can reach much higher values. It can be difficult to stay focused on long-term relationships amid statistical noise. However, if an investor maintains a long-term perspective, managed futures can be a valuable component of a well-diversified portfolio.
 
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Market Report

Emerging Markets Leaders ESG Report 

Mar 01, 2018 

The Global Emerging Markets Team describes how environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are integrated into their investment process.
 
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Media Appearance

Powell’s Testimony and Where the Markets May Be Headed 

Feb 28, 2018 

Jim Caron appeared on Bloomberg to discuss volatility, markets and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony to Congress.
 
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February 2018 Commentary

Applied Equity Advisors February 2018 Monthly Commentary 

Feb 28, 2018 

Andrew Slimmon, head of the Applied Equity Advisor’s team, discusses his market views in the February 2018 Monthly Commentary.
 
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Market Outlook

Secular Stagnation: R.I.P. 

Feb 28, 2018 

The dramatic market correction in February confirmed the surprises we predicted in inflation and volatility. We assess what this might mean for the rest of 2018, as investors can expect continued global economic growth and the likely end of secular stagnation.
 
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Investment Insight

GMA View Point - The Case for a U.S. Dollar Rally 

Feb 28, 2018 

MSIM’s Global Multi-Asset Team discusses their investment views in the latest viewpoint: "The Case for a U.S. Dollar Rally."
 
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Press Release

Fisher Container Launches Company Rebrand to PPC Flexible Packaging 

Feb 26, 2018 

Fisher Container Holdings, LLC, a leading provider of custom flexible packaging for food and healthcare industries, today announced the rebranding of its subsidiaries Fisher Container, LLC and Packaging Products Corporation, LLC into the new entity PPC Flexible Packaging.
 
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Investment Insight

Conducting Due Diligence on Alternative Risk Premia 

Feb 20, 2018 

While alternative risk premia have existed for some time—and have long been used by hedge funds—they have only recently begun to be evaluated by a broad swath of investors. Given the growth of investor interest in this space, we thought it timely to share our insights on what constitutes effective due diligence.
 
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Global Fixed Income Bulletin

Finding a New Range and Speed of Adjustment 

Feb 14, 2018 

The Global Fixed Income team discusses how the low-rate, low-volatility environment may be coming to an end and how the new range and speed of adjustment for yields may be key to market performance.
 
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Global Equity Observer

The Bull-Bear Tug-of-War 

Feb 13, 2018 

Following February’s market turbulence, the International Equity Team considers the ongoing tug-of-war between bulls citing global growth and bears arguing monetary policy and politics.
 
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Press Release

Clinton Burgess Appointed CEO of CoAdvantage 

Feb 05, 2018 

CoAdvantage Corporation, a leading national provider of strategic human resource solutions for small to mid-sized companies, today announced that Clinton Burgess has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the combined CoAdvantage organization. Mr. Burgess assumes this role following his prior successful leadership as CEO of Progressive Employer Management Company (PEMCO), a Florida-based Professional Employer Organization (PEO), which merged with CoAdvantage in October 2017.
 
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Press Release

Fisher Container Holdings, LLC Adds Industry Veteran Dan Donofrio to Management Team 

Feb 05, 2018 

Fisher Container, a portfolio company majority owned by investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, today announced the addition of Dan Donofrio to its executive team as Chief Operations Officer.
 
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Investment Insight

GMA View Point - A New Hope: From Stagnation to Growth in South Africa 

Jan 31, 2018 

MSIM’s Global Multi-Asset Team discusses their investment views in the latest viewpoint: “A New Hope: From Stagnation to Growth in South Africa”
 
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Manager Q & A

Buffetting Global Equity: taking Quality to the next level 

Jan 15, 2018 

William Lock discusses how a strategy that his team manages has incorporated the Buffett philosophy into a long standing, successful global investment strategy.
 
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2018 Mid-Month Market Commentary

Applied Equity Advisors January 2018 Mid-Month Market Commentary  

Jan 15, 2018 

Andrew Slimmon, head of the Applied Equity Advisor’s team, discusses his market views in the January 2018 Mid-Month Market Commentary.
 
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Press Release

SMT (Sahajanand Medical Technologies) Raises INR 230 Crores of Equity Capital in a Round Led by a Fund Managed by Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia 

Jan 12, 2018 

Sahajanand Medical Technologies, the leading manufacturer of cardiac stents in India, is pleased to announce that it has successfully raised equity to the tune of Rs. 230 crore in a funding round led by Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia. Existing Investor Samara Capital also participated in the round.
 
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Connecting the Dots

The Futility of Asking "Where Is the Market Headed?" 

Jan 11, 2018 

Swanand believes India is one of the few places in the world that is a fertile ground for bottom-up work and has the potential to reward the patient stock picker.
 
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Market Outlook

Outlook: Global Fixed Income Opportunities 

Jan 11, 2018 

Jim Caron provides his outlook for 2018 and offers his insights into how the active management style of the Global Fixed Income Opportunities fund can take advantage of market trends.
 
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Press Release

Fund managed by Morgan Stanley PE Asia Invests Rs 152 crore in Manna Foods 

Jan 10, 2018 

A fund managed by Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia has invested Rs 152 crore in Southern Health Foods, makers of the Manna Foods brand of natural health food products.
 
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Global Fixed Income Bulletin

2018 - A Focus on Alpha 

Jan 09, 2018 

The Global Fixed Income team provides their outlook for global fixed income in 2018 and how a focus on alpha is likely to be a large driving force of performance.
 
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Market Outlook

An Emerging Markets Approach to ESG 

Jan 05, 2018 

The Global Emerging Markets Team discusses emerging markets (EM) and the approach they use to incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their process for picking sustainable countries and companies to invest in.
 
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Media Appearance

Jim Caron on CNBC 

Jan 04, 2018 

Jim Caron discusses the difference between tightening and increasing interest rates with CNBC’s Rick Santelli.
 
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Market Outlook

Applied Equity Advisors 2018 Equity Market Outlook Commentary  

Jan 02, 2018 

Andrew Slimmon, head of the Applied Equity Advisor’s team, discusses his market views in the 2018 Equity Market Outlook commentary.
 
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Investment Insight

Consider a Systematic Investment to Balance the Emotion in a Portfolio 

Jan 01, 2018 

The field of behavioral finance has shown that emotions and past experience play a role in our investment decisions. Even professional money managers are subject to emotional decision making and subconscious biases. Being aware of this and constructing mitigating safeguards is critical for both professional money management and individual investing. In this paper, Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s Managed Futures Team offers suggestions to help investors reduce emotionalism when investing.
 
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Market Outlook

The Markets - A Review 

Dec 31, 2017 

Morgan Stanley’s European Equity Team discusses whether it is time to become more bearish in 2018.
 
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GLOBAL EQUITY OBSERVER

2018: Eyes Wide Open 

Dec 31, 2017 

The International Equity Team reflects on 2017 and discusses why they will keep a close eye on risk in 2018, and why high-quality companies remain the best relative bet.
 
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Market Outlook

2018: Expect the Unexpected 

Dec 31, 2017 

Three possible surprises for investors are on our radar for 2018: a monetary policy surprise; an inflation surprise; and a volatility surprise. With the global economy running at full steam, the market may not be fully prepared for them.
 
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Investment Insight

GMA View Point - After Goldilocks in 2017, the Great Reversal in 2018? 

Dec 31, 2017 

MSIM's Global Multi-Asset Team discusses their investment views in the latest viewpoint: "After Goldilocks in 2017, the Great Reversal in 2018?"
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia, Profex and Korres Reach Investment Agreement 

Dec 27, 2017 

Investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia (collectively, “MSPEA”), part of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Profex Inc. (“Profex”), a specialty distributor of dermo-cosmetic products in the People’s Republic of China and Giorgos Korres shareholder of KORRES S.A. NATURAL PRODUCTS (KORRES) announced an investment agreement.
 
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Global Fixed Income Insights

2018 Emerging Markets Debt Outlook 

Dec 18, 2017 

The Emerging Markets Debt Team discusses their outlook for the 2018 and why there is a case for medium-term optimism.
 
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MARKET OUTLOOK

2018 Outlook - Is Goldilocks set to continue? 

Dec 13, 2017 

Morgan Stanley’s European Equity Team discusses its outlook for the European equity asset class in 2018.
 
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Global Fixed Income Bulletin

What Can Derail the Carry Trade? 

Dec 13, 2017 

The Global Fixed Income team discusses how even though markets have run a long way, and future returns are likely to be more modest, the current environment is likely to continue in 2018.
 
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GLOBAL FIXED INCOME INSIGHTS

Navigating the 2018 Fixed Income Markets 

Dec 08, 2017 

Jim Caron reviews how politics, regulation and policy have become more dominant factors in driving asset prices, and how we may need a new way to value assets.
 
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Global Fixed Income Insights

Fed and ECB Meetings: Consensus and 2019 Surprises 

Dec 08, 2017 

Jim Caron discusses the key takeaways from the U.S. Federal Reserve and European Central Bank recent meetings.
 
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Investment Insight

An Introduction to Alternative Risk Premia 

Dec 01, 2017 

In much the same way that long-only investors have considered “passive” investing as a way to adjust their exposures efficiently and to reduce cost, alternatives investors have begun to explore systematic and index-based solutions—such as “alternative risk premia”—as a way to achieve those same objectives. In this paper, we seek to introduce the concept of alternative risk premia, explain how investors can access them, and present the potential benefits and drawbacks associated with them.
 
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Market Outlook

The Markets - A Review 

Nov 30, 2017 

Morgan Stanley’s European Equity Team discusses fiscal policy and inflation trends within the European market landscape.
 
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Investment Insight

GMA View Point - China Cyclical Downturn in 2018 

Nov 30, 2017 

MSIM’s Global Multi-Asset Team discusses their investment views in the latest viewpoint: “China Cyclical Downturn in 2018."
 
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SUSTAINABILITY INSIGHT

Seeking Sustainability 

Nov 30, 2017 

William Lock discusses how a strategy that his team manages has incorporated the Buffett philosophy into a long standing, successful global investment strategy.
 
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Market Outlook

The Third Arrow: Governance 

Nov 30, 2017 

Behind the scenes, Japan’s corporate governance reform has been hitting the mark, leading to higher Return on Equity. Europe’s governance scores have also improved, while the U.S. shows some notable exceptions.
 
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GLOBAL EQUITY OBSERVER

A Quality Guide to Governance 

Nov 29, 2017 

The International Equity Team explains why capable company management is key, and why they believe good governance is even more important in high-quality companies.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Energy Partners and Durango Midstream Announce Strategic Partnership 

Nov 21, 2017 

Investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Energy Partners (collectively, “MSEP”), part of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and Houston, Texas-based Durango Investment Holdings LLC (“Durango Midstream” or the “Company”) announced today a strategic partnership whereby MSEP has made a majority equity investment in Durango Midstream to support the growth of the Company’s midstream businesses in the Midcontinent region of the United States.
 
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Press Release

Tiff's Treats $25 Million Funding Round Led By Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital 

Nov 15, 2017 

Tiff’s Treats, the Austin-based company that created the warm cookie delivery concept, today announced a $25 million investment round led by investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, the growth-focused private investment platform within Morgan Stanley Investment Management. The Series D investment will be used primarily to support further national expansion and continued investment in the company’s technology leading ordering and delivery platform.
 
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Global Fixed Income Bulletin

Time to Be More Selective 

Nov 06, 2017 

The Global Fixed Income team discusses how it may be time to be more selective in the fixed income markets and how security selection will be important.
 
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Investment Insight

5 Big Disruptive Trends Investors Should Watch 

Nov 03, 2017 

Interested in the long-term investment opportunities that might arise from disruption? Watch these emerging trends in the coming decade, says the MSIM Growth Team.
 
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GLOBAL EQUITY OBSERVER

Signs of Life in Tokyo? 

Oct 30, 2017 

With recovery in Japan underway, the International Equity Team asks whether the Japanese government’s efforts to bring about change offers investors high-quality opportunities today.
 
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Investment Insight

Outlook/Review: Global Fixed Income Opportunities 

Oct 27, 2017 

Jim Caron reviews the third quarter of 2017 and offers his insights into how the active management style of the Global Fixed Income Opportunities fund can take advantage of market trends.
 
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Market Outlook

Calm Before the Storm 

Oct 23, 2017 

A number of storm fronts are forming off the coast of what is otherwise a sunny economic environment, from rising rates to debt and politics. Investors need to have a plan for taking shelter.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Investment Management Raises over $275 Million for North Haven Expansion Credit 

Oct 11, 2017 

Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, the growth-focused private investment platform within Morgan Stanley Investment Management, announces that it has closed on over $275 million of capital commitments for North Haven Expansion Credit LP and its related funds (collectively, “Expansion Credit” or the “Fund”), exceeding its fundraising target.
 
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Sustainability Insight

Our Approach on Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors 

Oct 04, 2017 

MSIM appreciates that ESG factors can impact long-term performance. With strong support from our Corporate Governance team, our managers incorporate a deep understanding of ESG into their analysis.
 
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Investment Insight

Managed Futures as a Crisis Risk Offset 

Oct 02, 2017 

While equity markets and other asset prices have generally retraced their declines in the years following the Global Financial Crisis, the fear of another sharp downturn has yet to subside. The terms crisis alpha and crisis risk offset describe a group of strategies that seek to perform well in the event of an equity market collapse. Allocation to such non-correlated strategies has the potential to dampen the impact of equity market volatility and enhance expected risk-adjusted returns.
 
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Market Outlook

Emerging Markets: The Future Is Small 

Oct 02, 2017 

The Global Emerging Markets Team discusses emerging markets (EM) and the strategic advantages of investing in EM small caps; where it fits in a global allocation and the potential of dedicated managers to generate higher excess returns.
 
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Investment Insight

GMA View Point - The Fed’s Shifting Reaction Function 

Sep 30, 2017 

MSIM’s Global Multi-Asset Team discusses their investment views in the latest viewpoint: “The Fed’s Shifting Reaction Function.”
 
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Investment Insight

Are Managed Futures the Same as Hedge Funds? 

Sep 30, 2017 

Managed futures and hedge funds have been broadly available for 30 years and 20 years respectively. With these long track records, we can analyze the historical relationship between the two and use that information to integrate them into portfolios with confidence
 
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Investment Insight

Long-Term Conviction in a Short-Term World 

Sep 30, 2017 

By extending an academic study to global and international growth equities, the Global Opportunity Team shows that high active share portfolios have outperformed.
 
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Market Outlook

Applied Equity Advisors Monthly Commentary 

Sep 30, 2017 

Andrew Slimmon from the Applied Equity Advisor’s Team discusses his thoughts and views in the latest commentary for September 2017
 
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Global Equity Observer

Look Left, Look Right, Look Left Again - Avoiding Being Hit by Political Risk 

Sep 30, 2017 

In focusing on right-wing populism, are markets failing to notice the threat posed by the left? The International Equity Team explains their increased vigilance given political uncertainty.
 
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Global Fixed Income Insights

Convertibles Outlook-Time To Buy Volatility Cheap? 

Sep 27, 2017 

The Global Fixed Income Team discusses current market volatility and how it may be time to consider buying volatility cheap through convertible bonds.
 
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Macro Insight

The Power of Compounders with William Lock 

Sep 27, 2017 

William Lock explains why he believes a company’s intangible assets are integral to achieving sustainably high returns.
 
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Macro Insight

It’s a MAD World 

Sep 22, 2017 

Despite the relative quiet in recent weeks, we expect the standoff between the U.S. and North Korea to escalate before it is resolved, and think it is prudent to put in defensive positions and reduce exposures to volatility and higher-risk areas.
 
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Media Appearance

Jim Caron on Bloomberg 

Sep 21, 2017 

Jim Caron discusses the Federal Reserve's recent statement.
 
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Press Release

Opera TV Unveils New Brand Identity and Latest Innovations at IBC 2017 

Sep 15, 2017 

Opera TV, the global market leader in enabling OTT, today introduced its new brand identity, including a logo and website, meant to better illustrate the company’s mission to enable entertainment everywhere through extraordinary OTT products and services. Vewd will officially launch at IBC from September 15-19, where it will also showcase enhancements to its core technology and preview its latest breakthrough products.
 
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Global Fixed Income Bulletin

Bad Politics, Good Economies 

Sep 14, 2017 

The team discusses how with fundamentals and monetary policy stable, political noise has become the main source of market volatility.
 
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Global Fixed Income Insights

NAFTA Exit, Who Really Gets Hurt? 

Sep 14, 2017 

The Emerging Markets Debt team discusses their analysis of who really gets hurt if the U.S. exits the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
 
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Investment Insight

GMA View Point - Reports of Inflation’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated 

Aug 31, 2017 

MSIM’s Global Multi-Asset Team discusses their investment views in the latest viewpoint: “Reports of Inflation’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated”.
 
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Global Equity Observer

Taking Stock 

Aug 31, 2017 

Playing the yin and yang of the risk-off/risk-on trade no longer seems to work. The International Equity Team explains why short-term price volatility may offer potential long-term opportunities.
 
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Connecting the Dots

What No One Told You About Passive Investing 

Aug 31, 2017 

Swanand and Amay explain why investing money in index-tracking ETFs may make one “penny wise and pound foolish".
 
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Investment Insight

The EDGE: Autonomous Vehicles 

Aug 31, 2017 

The Growth Team researches autonomous vehicles, which use a suite of sensors, actuators and a central computer to "perceive" the environment and automate the driving process. This technology could change our conception of personal transportation.
 
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Press Release

Fusion Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Birch Communications' Cloud and Business Services Business 

Aug 28, 2017 

Fusion (NASDAQ: FSNN), a leading cloud services provider, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Cloud and Business Services customers, operations and infrastructure of privately-held Birch Communications, which represents the majority of Birch's current revenues. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2017, subject to customary approvals and closing conditions.
 
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Macro Insight

I Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me 

Aug 17, 2017 

Data privacy and security, within the Social pillar of ESG concerns, can translate into tangible value as the fast-evolving cyber-environment disrupts industries and creates opportunities worldwide.
 
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Investment Insight

Dennis Lynch: "4 Growth Stocks That Will Own the Future" 

Aug 15, 2017 

Dennis Lynch, Head of Growth Investing at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, recently sat down with Barron's to discuss his bottom-up market view and why he isn't concerned with the short-term.
 
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Governance Factors 

Aug 11, 2017 

Andrew Harmstone and Christian Goldsmith talk about how evaluating companies in terms of governance can help identify risks.
 
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Global Fixed Income Bulletin

What Could Break the Calm in the Markets? 

Aug 11, 2017 

The team discusses current monetary policy, the impending end of its accommodative stance and the role of central banks in this environment.
 
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Macro Insight

Environmental Factors 

Aug 01, 2017 

An entire industry’s demise was attributable to breaches of environmental standards, says Andrew Harmstone.
 
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Macro Insight

GMA View Point - The Bull Case for Sterling 

Jul 31, 2017 

MSIM’s Global Multi-Asset Team discusses their investment views in the latest viewpoint: “The Bull Case for Sterling”.
 
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GLOBAL EQUITY OBSERVER

Tobacco: Smoke Without Fire 

Jul 31, 2017 

Tobacco has long been a steady compounder, even in the face of regulatory pressure. In this piece, the International Equity Team discusses what the FDA’s latest announcement may mean for the industry.
 
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Macro Insight

A Midsummer Night's Illusion 

Jul 31, 2017 

This summer, investors briefly fell in love with the bond market, enchanted by a misunderstanding of the relationship between growth, inflation, productivity and wage growth.
 
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Market Outlook

Outlook and Review of Global Fixed Income Opportunities 

Jul 28, 2017 

Jim Caron reviews the first half of 2017 and offers his insights into how the active management style of the Global Fixed Income Opportunities fund can take advantage of trends in the second half of the year.
 
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Media Appearance

Jim Caron on Bloomberg 

Jul 27, 2017 

Jim Caron examines market reaction to the Federal Reserve’s take on inflation in its June statement.
 
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Announcement

Sustainable Investing Council 

Jul 18, 2017 

Morgan Stanley Investment Management, in partnership with the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, today announced an important milestone in its ongoing commitment to sustainable investing with the launch of the Investment Management Sustainable Investing Council.
 
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Global Fixed Income Bulletin

Central Banks Talk Normalization 

Jul 13, 2017 

The team discusses the first half of 2017 and how central bank policies to remove accommodation will play a role in the second half of 2017.
 
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GLOBAL EQUITY OBSERVER

Amazonians at the gate? 

Jun 30, 2017 

The International Equity Team discusses how the move of a well-known online retailer into grocery may impact Staples companies and the importance of investing in those companies considered to be less vulnerable to disruption.
 
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Investment Insight

Fishing for Stocks in China 

Jun 09, 2017 

Our location in Hong Kong gives us a unique perspective on the risks and opportunities of investing in China, a market we believe is ripe with opportunity for bottom-up stock picking, particularly in the consumer, internet, healthcare and education industries.
 
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Press Release

Fisher Container Completes Acquisition of Packaging Products Corporation in Partnership with MSCP 

Jun 04, 2017 

Fisher Container, a portfolio company majority owned by investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Capital Partners, completes the acquisition of Packaging Products Corporation.
 
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Macro Insight

Quality Companies in Today’s Market Environment  

Apr 25, 2017 

Bruno Paulson explains why consumer staples performance is more about earnings than interest rates.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners Completes Investment in Fisher Container 

Feb 03, 2017 

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners announces an investment in Fisher Container via a partnership with experienced plastics and packaging executive, Kevin Keneally, and the current Fisher management team to acquire the company.
 
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Press Release

MSIM Raises over $1.5 Billion for North Haven Capital Partners VI and Committed Co-investments 

Jan 09, 2017 

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners announces that it has raised over $1.5 billion for North Haven Capital Partners VI and its related funds and committed co-investments.
 
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Sustainability Insight

ESG and the Sustainability of Competitive Advantage 

Jan 09, 2017 

ESG factors are integral to assessing the quality of a company. A holistic approach to sustainability may help minimize risk events and identify opportunities characterized by competitive advantages.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Private Equity Completes Investment in 24 Seven 

Oct 05, 2016 

Morgan Stanley Private Equity announces an investment in 24 Seven, Inc., one of North America’s largest creative and digital human capital management firms.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Private Equity Completes Investment in Cadence Education 

Sep 06, 2016 

Morgan Stanley Private Equity announces an investment in Cadence Education, Inc., one of the United States’ leading providers of early childhood education.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Energy Partners and XRI Blue Announce Strategic Partnership 

Aug 23, 2016 

Morgan Stanley Energy Partners ("MSEP") and Midland, TX-based XRI Holdings, LLC (“XRI Blue”), announce a strategic partnership whereby MSEP has made a majority equity investment in XRI Blue.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity Completes Investment in Pathway Partners 

Aug 22, 2016 

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners announces an investment in Pathway Partners Vet Holding LLC, a leading veterinary hospital owner and operator founded by Dr. Jasen Trautwein in Austin, TX and led by CEO Shawn McVey.
 
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Press Release

MSIM Raises $3.6 Billion for its Second Global Infrastructure Fund and Assembles a $2.2 Billion Co-investment Club 

Mar 03, 2016 

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners announces that it has raised $3.6 billion for North Haven Infrastructure Partners II (NHIP II).
 
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Video

Global Opportunity: Behind the Scenes with Kristian Heugh 

Mar 01, 2016 

Kristian Heugh defines the key differentiators and core values of his team’s investment process, focusing on competitive advantage and quality companies able to create value through growth.
 
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Investment View

Q&A with Nic Sochovsky 

Dec 29, 2015 

Nic Sochovsky, a portfolio manager on the International Equity Team, discusses the team’s significant exposure to what they consider high-quality Consumer Staples.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity Completes Majority Investment in CoAdvantage 

Oct 08, 2015 

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners announces the completion of a majority investment in CoAdvantage, Inc., one of North America’s largest professional employer organizations (PEOs).
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Announces Sale of Southern Star Central Corp 

May 01, 2015 

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners announces that it has agreed to sell Southern Star Central Corp. (Southern Star) to a consortium consisting of affiliates of GE Energy Financial Services and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Announces Sale of Madrileña Red de Gas 

Apr 22, 2015 

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners announces the sale of Madrileña Red de Gas ("MRG") to a consortium formed by EDF Invest, Gingko Tree Investment Ltd, and Dutch pension fund manager PGGM.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Announces Sale of Montreal Gateway Terminals 

Mar 06, 2015 

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners announces an agreement to sell Montreal Gateway Terminals to a consortium led by Fiera Axium Infrastructure.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity Completes Sale of EmployBridge  

Feb 10, 2015 

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners announces the completion of the sale of its majority interest in EmployBridge, a leading provider of specialty staffing services, to The Select Family of Staffing Companies, a national provider of workforce management services.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Enters into Partnership with Respect to Strategic US Midstream Asset 

Sep 16, 2014 

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners announces an agreement to acquire in stages co-control ownership of Eureka Hunter Holdings, LLC, a natural gas gathering system situated in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins in the Appalachian region of the United States.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity Completes Sale of Learning Care Group  

May 05, 2014 

Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity today announced it has completed the sale of its majority interest in Learning Care Group (U.S.) Inc.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity Completes the Sale of Zenith 

Mar 06, 2014 

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners announces the completion of the sale of its majority interest in Accelerate Acquisitions Limited, the parent company of Zenith, to HgCapital, a UK-based private equity fund.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners Acquires Full Ownership of Southern Star Central Corp. 

Aug 23, 2012 

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners announces an increased ownership stake to 100 percent of the Common Equity of Southern Star Central Corp., parent company of Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline (Southern Star).
 
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Press Release

Tianhe Chemicals Group Announces Strategic Partnership with Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia 

Mar 21, 2012 

Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia announces the closing of a strategic partnership with Tianhe Chemicals Group, a leading specialty chemicals company in China.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Credit Partners Completes Mezzanine Investment in BarrierSafe Solutions International 

Nov 15, 2011 

Morgan Stanley Credit Partners has provided a $46 million mezzanine loan to help finance the acquisition of BarrierSafe Solutions International (BarrierSafe) by Odyssey Investment Partners.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Announces Sale of Its Interest in SAESA Group 

Nov 08, 2011 

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners announces the sale of its 50 percent interest in SAESA Group, a Chilean electricity distribution, transmission and generation company, to Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) of Canada.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Credit Partners Completes Mezzanine Investment in H.D. Vest 

Oct 18, 2011 

Morgan Stanley Credit Partners has provided a $43 million mezzanine loan to help finance the acquisition of H.D. Vest Financial Services by Parthenon Capital Partners and Lovell Minnick Partners.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Private Equity and Sterling Energy Company Announce Strategic Partnership 

Aug 11, 2011 

Morgan Stanley Private Equity and Denver-based Sterling Energy Company announce a strategic partnership whereby Morgan Stanley Private Equity has made a majority equity investment in Sterling Energy.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Private Equity and Trinity CO2 Announce Strategic Partnership 

Sep 15, 2010 

Morgan Stanley Private Equity and the group of Trinity companies (“Trinity”) announce a strategic partnership whereby Morgan Stanley Private Equity has made a majority equity investment in Trinity.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Private Equity To Acquire Majority Stake in Zenith Vehicle Contracts Group Limited 

Aug 13, 2010 

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners announces that is has agreed to acquire a 60 per cent stake in Zenith Vehicle Contracts Group Limited, a provider of vehicle outsourcing and management services to the UK corporate sector, from funds advised by Barclays Private Equity and Zenith management.
 
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Press Release

Galp Energia and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Acquire Certain of Gas Natural’s Gas Distribution Assets and Associated Gas Supply Activities 

Dec 19, 2009 

Galp Energia, SGPS, S.A. and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners announces a definitive agreement to acquire jointly certain of the gas distribution and supply businesses in the region of Madrid from Gas Natural SDG, S.A.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Private Equity and Triana Energy Announce Second Partnership 

Jun 02, 2009 

Morgan Stanley Private Equity and Charleston, WV-based Triana Energy announce a strategic partnership whereby Morgan Stanley Private Equity has made a majority equity investment in Triana Energy.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Private Equity Completes Acquisition of Majority Stake in Learning Care Group, Inc. 

Jun 26, 2008 

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners announces the completion of an agreement to acquire a 60 percent stake in Learning Care Group, the U.S. subsidiary of A.B.C. Learning Centres Limited (“ABC”).
 
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Press Release

New Equity Partners for Breitenfeld AG 

Jun 17, 2008 

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners and BAST Investment Group agree to acquire an equity stake in Breitenfeld AG from the majority shareholders of the Austrian specialty steel producer, Fides Privatstiftung and Fortis Privatstiftung.
 
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Press Release

Morgan Stanley Private Equity to Acquire Tops Markets 

Oct 11, 2007 

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners announces that it will acquire Tops Markets, LLC (Tops) from Koninklijke Ahold, N.V. (Ahold). Tops operates under the banners of Tops Markets and Martin’s Super Food Stores.
 
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