Morgan Stanley Clears OTC Derivatives for BlackRock

New York —

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) announced today that it has been selected by BlackRock to serve as one of its primary clearing brokers for over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives transactions.  Morgan Stanley acted as BlackRock’s clearing broker for its first live production transactions.

“We believe that OTC clearing can help to reduce systemic risk and serve as an important mechanism to manage and reduce counterparty exposure for our clients,” said Supurna VedBrat, Managing Director and Co-Head of Market Structure and Electronic Trading at BlackRock.  “We will gradually increase volumes as we move to initiate clearing across our client base, and we have been very pleased with Morgan Stanley’s partnership throughout this process.”

Firms such as BlackRock will be required by law to clear OTC derivatives for many of their funds over the next 12-18 months, and the move to begin clearing puts the company in a better position to be compliant in advance of any mandatory deadlines required under the Dodd-Frank Act.  Both BlackRock and Morgan Stanley have been working closely with industry groups and regulators to develop a market structure that takes into account the interests of all market participants.

“We believe that the adoption of OTC Clearing is an important step towards safer and sounder markets,” said Stephen O’Connor, Global Head of OTC Clearing at Morgan Stanley.  “We are proud to have been chosen by BlackRock as the clearing broker for these first trades.  The move to early adoption of clearing by BlackRock and others is evidence of the heightened level of interest in OTC clearing services as our clients prepare for mandatory Dodd-Frank deadlines.”

Morgan Stanley provides clearing services for both OTC and Listed Derivatives for its clients globally.  The Firm currently offers OTC derivative clearing services for credit default swaps at ICE Clear Credit and CME Group in addition to interest rate swaps at LCH SwapClear and CME Group.  Additional connectivity to further OTC clearing houses will be added in the future in response to client demand.

About Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services.  The Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals from more than 1,300 offices in 43 countries.  For further information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide.  At December 31, 2011, BlackRock’s AUM was $3.513 trillion.  BlackRock offers products that span the risk spectrum to meet clients’ needs, including active, enhanced and index strategies across markets and asset classes. Products are offered in a variety of structures including separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles.  BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. Headquartered in New York City, as of December 31, 2011, the firm has approximately 10,100 employees in 27 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East and Africa.  For additional information, please visit the Company's website at www.blackrock.com.

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