(Bloomberg) -- Morgan Stanley, the top-ranked merger adviser so far this year, hired Barclays' Brad Whitman for its financial institutions banking group.

Whitman will join the U.S. bank as a vice chairman in that group, after serving as Barclays’s head of financial institutions mergers and acquisitions, according to an internal Morgan Stanley memo. Mary Claire Delaney, a spokeswoman for the New York-based firm, confirmed the contents of the memo.

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