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RBC recruits $308M adviser from Morgan Stanley

RBC lured away an adviser managing $308 million in client assets from Morgan Stanley, the firm said.

Kevin Roberts joined RBC's branch in Houston this week, making him one of regional brokerage firm's latest hires. In recent weeks, the Canadian firm has picked up several advisers from larger wirehouse rivals as those firms retreat from recruiting.

Raymond James, RBC and Ameriprise were among the industry players to lure away talent from Merrill Lynch.
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Morgan Stanley told branch managers this week it would significantly reduce recruiting in order to boost digital initiatives, training efforts and resources for its existing advisers.

While at Morgan Stanley, Roberts generated $1.4 million in annual revenue, RBC says.

Small signage is displayed outside of a Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) branch during the company's annual general meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Thursday, April 6, 2017
Signage is displayed outside of a Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) branch during the company's annual general meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Thursday, April 6, 2017. RBC Chief Executive Officer David urged lawmakers to coordinate interventions and act quickly to cool housing markets, particularly in Toronto and Vancouver. Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg

Roberts said in a statement he joined the Canadian firm for its culture and platform. He reports to Jeb Bundock, director of RBC's West Houston complex.

Roberts had been with the wirehouse since 2008, according to FINRA BrokerCheck records. He previously worked at Merrill Lynch.

A Morgan Stanley spokeswoman declined to comment.

Among its other recent hires, RBC grabbed another Morgan Stanley team that generated $5.5 million in annual revenue. The group joined in both Boston and Century City, California.

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