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Morgan Stanley, Longchamp AM and La Francaise AM partner to launch new alternative strategies in a UCITS format

London, Thursday September 26th, 2013 – Morgan Stanley (NYSE/MS) today announced its partnership with Longchamp Asset Management (“Longchamp”), a French-based asset manager, specialising in the distribution of UCITS Hedge Funds, and La Française AM, a multispecialist asset manager with a ten year track record in alternative investments.

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Through this collaboration, Morgan Stanley, Longchamp and La Française AM are leveraging their respective expertise to provide investors with access to new alternative UCITS Sub-Funds, through a joint selection and seeding arrangement with La Française AM. Currently, three funds have already been jointly selected and seeded by La Française AM under this partnership: the MS Turner Spectrum UCITS Fund, the MS Dalton Asia Pacific UCITS Fund and the MS TCW Unconstrained Plus Bond Fund.

“Our collaboration with Longchamp and La Française AM is an exciting venture for our Funds business. It provides us with the opportunity to expand our product range and offer investors access to a diverse range of strategies”, Stephane Berthet, Head of FundLogic Alternatives at Morgan Stanley, commented. “We are looking forward to this unique partnership and the benefits it can ultimately offer to our investors.”

David Armstrong, President and Founder of Longchamp, added: “This venture with Morgan Stanley and La Française AM is an exciting opportunity. Morgan Stanley is the market leader in the UCITS alternatives space, with an unparalleled platform offering a diverse range of strategies, strong risk management and robust infrastructure.”

David Armstrong, President and Founder of Longchamp, added: “This venture with Morgan Stanley and La Française AM is an exciting opportunity. Morgan Stanley is the market leader in the UCITS alternatives space, with an unparalleled platform offering a diverse range of strategies, strong risk management and robust infrastructure.”

Patrick Riviere, Managing Director of La Française, commented: “La Française AM is a pioneer in terms of alternative investments. Ten years ago, we launched Alteram, a successful asset management company specialised in funds of hedge funds. Today we continue to believe in alternative investments as a perfect solution for investors as long as you can provide them with transparency, liquidity, and an attractive pricing. It’s exactly the aim of this partnership where La Française, alongside Morgan Stanley, is part of a seeding program. Within this strategic partnership La Française will be able to effectively leverage its competence and offer a new generation of alternative investments to its clients.”