Morning Coffee: London vs. New York at Morgan Stanley

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As ever in banking rivalries, geography can play as big a role as personalities. And so it goes at Morgan Stanley, where the firm’s investment bankers are now upset that one of their own, Paul Taubman, was passed over for a bigger job, which went to his co-head Colm Kelleher.

Taubman, who will leave the firm at the end of the year, is based in New York while Kelleher, 55, and his new banking lieutenant, Franck Petitgas, are based in London. Such was the distress at U.S. headquarters that the two newly promoted execs flew to New York this week to reassure the bankers of their commitment.

“People are upset," one senior person inside the company told The Wall Street Journal of the decision to push aside Taubman, 51, Morgan Stanley’s current investment-banking chief.

Beyond the geographic power shift, the rumblings of disappointment from Morgan’s i-banking team come as no surprise considering the respect Taubman commanded and the rocky relationship he has had with Kelleher, their new boss. Part of Kelleher’s strategy will see bankers push trading services and other business on the back of capital- markets deals, something Taubman was reluctant to do.

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List of the Day: Internal Interview

Applying for a different role within your company requires tact. Here’s how to pull it off.

  1. Ask for permission, not forgiveness.
  2. Talk to colleagues to get an inside track on the role and the boss.
  3. Dress for an interview, not another day at work.

(Source: The Daily Muse)

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