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Morgan Stanley


, in its latest poaching episode, said Thursday it hired Robert Kindler to the firm to become vice chairman of investment banking.

Kindler, the former global head of mergers and acquisitions at

JP Morgan Chase


, joins Morgan Stanley with tremendous experience, having served as an adviser on transactions with a total value of more than $200 billion, and one of the thickest Rolodexes on Wall Street.

Morgan Stanley has recently taken aggressive action to beef up its leveraged finance team and merger and acquisition group after a management shake-up caused a number of the firm's M&A bankers to leave.

Joseph Perella, who left Morgan Stanley in a highly publicized departure last year, announced the formation of a new investment firm, which hasn't yet been named. Since he left, several Morgan Stanley bankers have migrated to his company.

A statement from John Mack, Morgan Stanley's chairman and chief executive, and Zoe Cruz, the firm's co-president, said Kindler "is among the finest bankers in the business and will be a valuable addition to the deep bench of talent we have at Morgan Stanley. Rob brings a wealth of experience as a trusted adviser to many of the world's leading corporations. His strong client focus and innovative thinking are a perfect match with our priorities in investment banking."

Kindler's resume includes some of the biggest deals in the last year, including advising

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