It was reported in today’s Advisor Hub that several brokers allegedly used a Morgan Stanley dinner seminar to solicit clients and prospects the night before they moved to Raymond James. This is quintessential pre-solicitation and, if true, would fall squarely within a violation of almost any reasonably drafted non-solicitation clause, regardless of the employer. This would also be a NO-NO even if this was considered to fall under the “protections” of the Protocol for Broker Recruiting.… Read More
Yet another departure: UBS Wealth Management Americas has followed in Morgan Stanley’s footsteps and announced its exit from the Protocol for Broker Recruiting on Monday, effective this Friday, December 1. However, prior to this announcement, UBS was ready to onboard at least two Merrill Lynch brokers still protected by the pact. Brokers leaving either Morgan Stanley or UBS will be subject to non-solicit agreements that the Protocol overrode, making moves a bit more difficult, but not impossible.… Read More
I was recently interviewed by AdvisorHub, a popular wealth management news source, to once again discuss the effects of Morgan Stanley’s exit from the Protocol for Broker Recruiting. A Colorado-based search firm, Advisorbox, recently unveiled a promotion aimed at Morgan Stanley brokers with at least $500,000 of production. If they leave the firm, Advisorbox is offering to pay up to $25,000 of their legal costs.… Read More
You may recall, I posted about Morgan Stanley withdrawing from the Protocol for Broker Recruiting last week. I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed about this news by Mark Elzweig of OnWallStreet, an information resource for financial advisors. Read his article “7 ways Morgan Stanley’s protocol exit will backfire” here to learn more and see what else I have to say about the shocking news!… Read More
The breaking news that Morgan Stanley will be withdrawing as a signatory to the Protocol for Broker Recruiting may signal the beginning of the end for the Protocol– at least as it relates to the wire house firms. Will other firms follow suit and start to depart? While there have always been outliers (or those firms who have not signed on), this departure will enhance the significance of non-solicitation covenants in the marketplace because those leaving or joining Morgan Stanley will no longer move under the protective dome of the Protocol.… Read More
I was recently interviewed by Fundfire, a financial services industry on-line publication, regarding J.P. Morgan obtaining a temporary restraining order as it pursues an arbitration case against seven advisors who left to launch an independent shop with LPL Financial. This is yet another case involving the protections of the industry’s agreement called the Protocol for Broker Recruiting.
On October 27, seven private bank advisors left and registered with LPL, launching Gulf Point Advisors, which focuses on working with family offices.… Read More
I was recently interviewed by Fundfire, a financial services industry on-line publication, regarding a Morgan Stanley financial advisor team that was sued by their former employer, J.P. Morgan, after they jumped ship to Morgan Stanley earlier this year. J.P. Morgan has alleged breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition among others.
Last year, J.P. Morgan became a signatory to the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, an industry agreement that typically supersedes the non compete and non solicit clauses contained in contracts advisors sign with firms, allowing them to retain basic client information and contact clients should they switch firms.… Read More