Morgan Stanley Said to Hire Deutsche Bank's Johnson for Energy M&A Group

Morgan Stanley hired Michael V. Johnson, a Deutsche Bank AG investment banker, to advise oil and gas exploration and production companies, a person briefed on the plans said.

Johnson will join as a managing director in the energy investment-banking group this year, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Johnson hasn’t started yet. Deutsche Bank spokesman John Gallagher confirmed the departure. Morgan Stanley spokeswoman Mary Claire Delaney said she couldn’t comment.

Johnson is among at least three senior Deutsche Bank investment bankers with clients in the energy industry to be hired by rivals as the Frankfurt-based company leads financial firms in advising oil and gas mergers this year. James Denaut and Michael B. Hill are leaving for Tokyo-based Nomura, ranked 22nd, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. New York-based Morgan Stanley is ranked eighth.

Johnson was deputy head of global banking for the Americas at Deutsche Bank until last year, when he became a senior client coverage officer in New York. He joined the company in 2001 after stints as chief financial officer for a technology startup and as a banker at firms including Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

He advised Oklahoma City-based SandRidge Energy Inc. when it agreed in April to buy Arena Resources Inc. for $1.6 billion.

Morgan Stanley is the world’s fourth-biggest merger adviser across all industries so far this year, and Deutsche Bank is ranked fifth, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Michael Cohrs, Deutsche Bank’s co-head of investment banking alongside Anshu Jain, plans to retire in coming weeks, people with knowledge of his plans said earlier this month.

To contact the reporter on this story: Zachary R. Mider in New York at zmider1@bloomberg.net; Brett Foley in London at bfoley8@bloomberg.net.

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