Morgan Stanley today announced that David Wilton will join Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners (AIP) as a Managing Director with a focus on private equity impact investing. AIP will develop a private equity impact investing program in partnership with the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, which seeks to drive private capital toward investments promoting sustainable and profitable economic growth.
Wilton joins Morgan Stanley from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he was chief investment officer and manager of its global private equity arm. During his time at IFC, he helped build out the private equity portfolio to more than $4 billion invested in nearly 200 funds. Previously, Wilton worked in the World Bank Pension Fund, where he managed private equity and real estate investing.
“AIP is a proud contributor to the Firm’s ongoing efforts to incorporate the principles of sustainable investing across our core businesses. David has unrivaled experience at the intersection of private equity and impact investing, and this expertise, particularly in emerging and frontier markets, is an excellent complement to the wide spectrum of world-class investing capabilities we have within Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners,” said Arthur Lev, Head of AIP.
“I am very excited to be joining the private equity team at Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners. The depth and quality of the team, the differentiated approach they take to creating value in the asset class, and the commitment to generating outstanding results for clients are truly exemplary,” said David Wilton. “I believe AIP is uniquely positioned to deliver an innovative private equity solution to investors who want to make a measurable positive impact while still seeking to generate market-rate returns.”
Audrey Choi, CEO of Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing, said, “David brings with him a thoughtful and deliberate approach to investing. He has proven through his work at the IFC that long-term positive social impact and strong financial returns can, and should, go hand in hand. Morgan Stanley is committed to advancing market-based solutions to economic, social and environmental challenges, and we are looking forward to collaborating with David and AIP.”
Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, part of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, specializes in assisting institutional and high net worth investors achieve their goals through the design and management of alternative investment programs. AIP investment teams have broad expertise in fund investing, secondaries and co-investing across hedge fund, private equity, real estate and multi-asset class. Solutions include custom alternative investment portfolios, completion strategies, diversified and opportunistic multi-manager strategies. Established in 2000, AIP currently has approximately $36.4 billion in assets under management and advisement.
Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. With offices in more than 43 countries, the Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing seeks to mobilize capital to address pressing global challenges and identify market-based, scalable solutions. For more information about the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, visit www.morganstanley.com/sustainableinvesting.
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