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Since our founding in 1935, Morgan Stanley has consistently delivered first-class business in a first-class way. Underpinning all that we do are five core values. From our origins as a small Wall Street partnership to becoming a global firm of more than 60,000 employees today, Morgan Stanley has been committed to clients and communities for 85 years.

1935 /Laying Foundation, Morgan Stanley formally opens its doors for business at 2 Wall Street, New York City, on September 16, 1935. In its first year,  the firm handles $1.1 billion in public offerings and private placements—a 24% market share. 1940 founding partner Harold Stanley establishes the firm’s commitment to children’s health by raising $1.5 million (equal to nearly $25 million in 2014) for the U.S. Committee for the Care of European Children. 1941-1942 The firm undergoes a reorganization as a partnership to allow for rapidly expanding activity in the securities business. The following year, Morgan Stanley joins the New York Stock Exchange. 1952 As Europe struggles to recover after World War II, Morgan Stanley co-manages the World Bank’s $50 million bond offering to help finance European reconstruction efforts. 1961-1969 The Morgan Stanley Foundation launches in 1961. The following year, Morgan Stanley develops the first computer model for financial analysts. In 1967, the firm establishes Morgan & Cie International in Paris to pursue the growing European securities market. 1990-1999  Morgan Stanley enters China as a cornerstone investor in China International Capital Corporation and establishes the Morgan Stanley International Foundation. The 1997 merger of Morgan Stanley Group Inc. and Dean, Witter, Discover & Co. creates the world’s largest securities firm to date. Over the course of the decade, the firm expands further in Asia and Latin America. 2013-2014 ( Dedication to sustainability) The firm looks to the future by launching the Investing with Impact platform and the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, a pair of initiatives dedicated to inspiring positive social impact and fostering large-scale global sustainability.

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