Adaptable, bright, energetic and possessing a sense of humour? You might just fit the bill of one of the world’s preeminent financial advisors, according to Brett Graham, Deputy Head of Legal for Asia at Morgan Stanley.
Asian-Counsel: How did your career lead you to your current role at Morgan Stanley?
Brett Graham: Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2005, I worked in private practice at Clifford Chance in Hong Kong and Tokyo, and during that time became interested in a role in-house. My current role at Morgan Stanley is Deputy Head of Legal for Asia (covering Asia Pacific), having previously covered the Australian office from Hong Kong and acted as the principal lawyer for the Institutional Equities Division in Asia. I am currently also the Chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Franchise Risk Committee for Asia Pacific, which deals with suitability, conflicts of interest and franchise issues for the firm.
AC: What is the current composition of the in-house team at Morgan Stanley?
AC: What is the nature of the relationship between Morgan Stanley’s in-house function and the business?
AC: What are some of the biggest obstacles faced in your role, and on a broader level by the in-house team?
AC: How has the in-house team responded to issues or challenges that have arisen for Morgan Stanley in recent years?
AC: How is the value and cost of Morgan Stanley’s in-house team measured?
AC: When hiring for your in-house team, which candidate qualities would be of most value?
AC: How often does Morgan Stanley seek the advice of external counsel, and in which circumstances?
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