People News: Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, Centerview

Morgan Stanley has hired Jako van der Walt to lead its investment banking business for South Africa, rejoining the firm he left about 10 years ago, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

Bloomberg reports that Van der Walt, 48, was most recently head of metals and mining banking for sub-Saharan Africa at JPMorgan, according to the memo, which was confirmed by a Morgan Stanley spokesman. He’ll be based in Johannesburg, it said.

In the meantime, The New York Times reports that Centerview Partners, one of the most prominent boutique investment banks, has drawn another longtime deal maker to its ranks.

The firm said on Tuesday that it had hired Jack Levy, who spent several decades as a top mergers banker at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, as a partner.

The hiring is the latest move by an established, big-firm banker to a boutique focused primarily on advising clients, without the huge ranks of traders and lending professionals.

Morgan Stanley Hires Van der Walt for S. Africa Investment Bank

Centerview Partners Hires Jack Levy, Formerly of Goldman

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