Anish Shah is Global Head of Investment Grade Acquisition Finance. He began his career with the firm in 2007 as a Vice President. Over the course of his career at Morgan Stanley, he has worked on some of the most significant event-driven financing transactions, including Verizon’s acquisitions of Alltel and Verizon Wireless, Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal, Dow Chemical’s acquisition of Rohm & Haas and Abbvie’s separation from Abbott Laboratories. In addition, he has served as Global Capital Markets Co-Head of Talent Development, and is currently Co-Captain of the Global Capital Markets NYU Recruiting Team. Anish holds a BS in Finance and Accounting from New York University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
As a Managing Director in the Global Capital Markets Division of the firm, I manage a team that helps corporate clients raise financing to support pursuing acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and corporate restructurings.
Our team is on the road, meeting clients throughout the week; so on the days when we are in the office, we start with an all-hands morning meeting. We gather at 7:45 a.m. to recap our transactions from the previous day, discuss major news events that may have an impact on the markets, and solutions for our clients, based on their needs and the current state of the market. It’s a quick, comprehensive meeting that gets everyone together to exchange ideas and sets the direction for the day before we begin preparing for and meeting with clients, executing transactions in the market, and talking to investors who have a stake in those transactions.
Our team works together, across hierarchy or title, to deliver first-class service to our clients. We have a very flat structure here, which allows regular interaction among all levels—from the most junior analysts to the heads of business groups. We articulate goals clearly at every level, and encourage even the most junior members of the team to participate and speak up. It’s impressive how much creativity and unique thought can be unleashed when people feel empowered to voice their opinions and ideas.
If there is one word that would best describe the culture here, it would be “collaborative.” The firm acknowledges and rewards the people and teams that work together, those who use the full capabilities of the entire firm to find the right solutions for clients. We believe in winning with teamwork, excellence and integrity—those are Morgan Stanley trademarks. And collaboration is a quality that is introduced to everyone from day one.