Morgan Stanley pinched J.P. Morgan's top risk quant for Europe

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It's November. At this time of year, it's not normal for banks to hire managing directors with big bonus expectations who will expect to be compensated for walking away from a full year's bonus. Unless, of course, they're a bit desperate. This might be the case when it comes to senior quants.

Morgan Stanley just hired Grégoire Debray, the former chief market risk quant for EMEA equities at J.P. Morgan. Debray is joining Morgan Stanley as head of risk analytics for Europe. He previously spent five years at JPM and nearly five years at Credit Suisse, having begun his career as a quant at Credit Lyonnais.

Debray's move reflects the popularity of risk analytics professionals this year. In September, for example, hedge fund BlueCrest poached John Elder, the former head of market risk methodology for EMEA and APAC at Credit Suisse, as a quantitative risk modeler in London.

Debray, like many a quant, is French, and has a diploma from the École Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Économique" (ENSAE). Morgan Stanley is building out new analytics & visualisation suite to provide traders with pricing, analytics, signal generation and visualization tools. The bank's EMEA market risk analytics team monitors the performance of risk models and comprises 11 people in London and Budapest.

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