PJT Partners Inc. hired Christopher Harland, a former Morgan Stanley colleague of Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Taubman, as the merger-advisory firm prepares to publicly list shares, a person familiar with the move said.
Harland, 57, will be based in New York for the time being and his exact role hasn’t been announced, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing personnel matters. He left Morgan Stanley earlier this year after leading Latin America coverage since 2008 and spending more than two decades with the investment bank.
Harland helps bolster PJT beyond the U.S. after the firm hired bankers in London from competitors including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. Taubman has also brought on senior members of his former bank including Scott Matlock, Robert Friedsam and Johannes Groeller.
Morgan Stanley’s Mark Lake and Jonathan Keehner, a PJT spokesman at Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer & Katcher, declined to comment on the personnel move, which was reported earlier Friday by the Financial Times.
John Moore replaced Harland as Morgan Stanley’s head of Latin America in March, according to a memo sent to employees from Colm Kelleher, who oversees Morgan Stanley’s investment-banking and trading division.