Morgan Stanley Announces Sale of EMEA-Based Global Stock Plan Services Business

  Morgan Stanley Announces Sale of EMEA-Based Global Stock Plan Services

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- February 27, 2013

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) today announced that it has reached an agreement to
sell the EMEA-based portion of its Global Stock Plan Services business (“GSPS
EMEA”) to Computershare Limited (ASX: CPU). The transaction is expected to
close during the second quarter of 2013.

The GSPS EMEA business provides employee stock plan record keeping and
automated trade execution services for some of the largest companies in the UK
and Europe, with trading on 13 exchanges globally. As part of the transaction,
it is intended that Morgan Stanley will continue to provide trade execution
services to existing GSPS EMEA clients and their employees.

“This transaction is the result of our strategic decision to focus our stock
plan service offering on the global needs of U.S.-based corporations,” said
Gregory J. Fleming, President of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Morgan
Stanley Investment Management. “We are planning to make significant
investments in the U.S. business to support our corporate clients and their
employees around the world, and the GSPS EMEA business and clients will
benefit from the scale and expertise of one of the leading players in the
stock plan services market. We look forward to continuing to provide our
trading expertise to both businesses.”

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide
range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth
management services. The Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including
corporations, governments, institutions and individuals from more than 1,200
offices in 43 countries. For further information about Morgan Stanley, please

Computershare is a publicly traded company listed on the Australian Securities
Exchange since 1994 and employs over 12,000 people across the globe, providing
services in over 20 countries to more than 30,000 clients. Through its equity
compensation business, Computershare Plan Managers, Computershare focuses on
the administration of employee share plans for both public and privately-held
companies. The Plan Managers business currently services 500 share plan
clients worldwide with 5 million participants in over 130 countries.


Morgan Stanley
Media Relations:
James Wiggins, 914-225-6161
Hugh Fraser, +44-20-7425-3923
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