Michael Weiner is in-house counsel to Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and advises on the offering of mutual funds, ETFs, and other registered investment products on Firm brokerage and advisory platforms. His duties include advising Morgan Stanley on share class selection issues, its economic arrangements with participating fund families, and other matters arising under the Investment Company Act of 1940. Mr. Weiner also counsels Morgan Stanley on the registration, operation, and distribution of its proprietary unit investment trusts, the “Morgan Stanley Portfolios.”
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Weiner served as in-house counsel to AXA Equitable Funds Management Group, a mutual fund investment adviser with more than $100 billion in assets under management. At AXA, his responsibilities ranged from fund registration to the annual negotiation process with the board of directors for the AXA-sponsored funds. Mr. Weiner began his career in private practice with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where he specialized in defending fund advisers from “excessive fee” claims brought under Section 36(b) of the 1940 Act.
Mr. Weiner is a member of the Investment Management Regulation Committee of the New York City Bar Association, has spoken at the Practising Law Institute on mutual fund regulation, and been published in the Investment Lawyer. Mr. Weiner graduated order of the coif from Vanderbilt University Law School and Swarthmore College.