FrontPoint May Gain Independence from Morgan Stanley

The Wall Street Journal reports that Morgan Stanley may soon complete a deal to relinquish control of in-house hedge fund firm FrontPoint Partners which currently has $7 billion in assets. This move is motivated by a number of factors including the impact of new restrictions in the financial regulatory bill signed into law by President Obama last month, Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman’s desire to reduce proprietary investing risks, and conflicts that have emerged due to bearish views expressed by FrontPoint regarding Morgan Stanley clients.

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