Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley Names Brian Magnus as Co-Head of Its Private Equity Business in Europe

Aug 7, 2007

New York —


Morgan Stanley announced today a series of senior appointments that bolsters the Firm's momentum in Europe and promotes a new generation of banking leaders into key posts.

As part of the moves, Brian Magnus has been named Co-Head, with Graham Keniston-Cooper, of its Private Equity business in Europe.  Magnus is currently Head of UK Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley.  Morgan Stanley announced that Keniston-Cooper joined the Firm in July.

The Firm also announced that Simon Smith, currently Deputy Head of European Investment Banking, will take over from Magnus as Head of UK Investment Banking, reporting to Franck Petitgas, Head of International Investment Banking.  Additionally, Mark Warham will serve in a new role of Chairman of UK Investment Banking upon his return to Morgan Stanley from the UK’s Takeover Panel, where he has been on secondment as Director General for the past two years.  Warham will also report to Petitgas.

Magnus and Keniston-Cooper will work together to build a private equity team based in London and establish Morgan Stanley’s European private equity business for third-party investors.  They will focus on direct investments, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts and fund investments in Europe and report to Stephen Trevor and Alan Jones, Global Co-Heads of Morgan Stanley Private Equity.

“Brian is one of Morgan Stanley’s most experienced bankers in Europe with deep knowledge of our platform,” said Trevor.  “We believe that his experience will be the perfect complement to Graham’s long track record of private equity investing and will deliver success in our European private equity business.”

In addition, Michele Colocci, a senior Managing Director in the M&A group, will be promoted to Deputy Head of European Investment Banking, replacing Simon Smith.  Colocci will report to Petitgas.

Commenting on the appointments of Smith and Warham, Petitgas said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brian for his contribution to our leading UK franchise and wish him well in his new role.  We are delighted to have two skilled and experienced bankers, in Simon and Mark, whose expertise and deep client relationships will play a critical role in further building on our momentum in this key market.  Finally, I would like to thank Simon who has been an excellent partner to me over the last 18 months and I very much look forward to working with Michele.”

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Brian Magnus Biography

Brian Magnus was appointed Head of UK Investment Banking in 2005.  He joined Morgan Stanley’s M&A team in 2000, and has been involved in the origination and execution of mergers and acquisitions transactions, principally with UK companies. He has completed a large number of high profile transactions and has worked on a significant proportion of the largest and most complex cross-border public transactions in the UK. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Magnus worked in the corporate finance division of Schroders. He has a BSc Hons degree in Management Sciences from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

Simon Smith Biography

Simon Smith joined Morgan Stanley in 1998, and he has worked on numerous advisory and equity transactions as part of the pan-European Industry Group, focusing on the engineering sector. He was appointed to Co-Head the Industrial Group, before being promoted to Deputy Head of European Investment Banking at the start of 2006. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Smith spent over 4 years with Morgan Grenfell focusing on mergers & acquisitions and equity-related transactions. Smith graduated from the University of Warwick with a B.Eng and worked as an engineer with Rolls-Royce plc before joining the financial services industry.

Michele Colocci Biography

Michele Colocci joined Morgan Stanley in 2004 as a Managing Director, after 13 years at JPMorgan and 5 years at Bain & Co. He has worked on a number of landmark European mergers and acquisitions, involving the pharmaceutical, financial services, oil & gas and consumer sectors. An Italian citizen, Colocci earned a BA Economics at Williams College in the US and a MBA at Harvard University.

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