FrontPoint Replaces Parent Morgan Stanley As Prime Broker

Jul 16 2009 | 11:02am ET

So much for family ties: FrontPoint Partners has dumped Morgan Stanley as prime broker to one of its funds, despite the fact that the Wall Street bank has owned the hedge fund for the past two years.

Rival UBS has taken over prime brokerage duties for FrontPoint’s offshore European fund, the hedge fund said yesterday.

A source close to Morgan Stanley told Wealth Bulletin that the move to UBS was less a reflection on the quality of Morgan Stanley’s prime brokerage services and more a concession to industry best practices, removing the potential for a conflict of interest.

“As a parent company, you can’t also be prime broker to the funds,” the source said.

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