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“Leasing” bankers to CIC


Since late last year, China’s $200 billion sovereign wealth fund, China Investment Corp., has “borrowed” more than a dozen Morgan Stanley investment bankers, mostly from its Hong Kong office, to give advice in various areas ranging from real estate to debt trading.

Cost to CIC? Nearly Zero.

Benefit to Morgan Stanley? Priceless.

The banker exchange is an outgrowth of the investment bank’s relationship with CIC, in which CIC took a stake in Morgan Stanley. While CIC has taken a loss so far in that investment, it has paid off in other ways.