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Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley is an investment bank founded in New York on September 5, 1935. It was split off from JP Morgan in order to comply with the provisions of the Glass-Steagall Act.

On February 5, 1997 the company announced a merger with Dean Witter Discover and Company, the spun-off financial services business of Sears Roebuck. The merged company was briefly known as "Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Discover & Co. " until 1998 and then "Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co." until late 2001.

Philip J. Purcell, who had headed Dean Witter Discover, has been chairman and chief executive officer since the merger.