Herskovits PLLC is investigating whether Morgan Stanley unlawfully “forfeited” deferred compensation otherwise due and payable to financial advisers formerly employed by the firm. A class action lawsuit involving similar claims has begun in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. That litigation is in its early stages and may carry on for years before a resolution is reached.
Morgan Stanley’s Deferred Compensation Plan
Morgan Stanley compensates FAs based on revenues generated from the FA’s customers’ accounts. Morgan Stanley typically defers a portion of the fees generated as “deferred compensation” and allocates a substantial percentage of the FA’s deferred compensation to the Morgan Stanley Compensation Incentive Program. 75% of the deferred compensation vests over a six-year period and 25% vests over a four-year period. However, Morgan Stanley “cancels” the deferred compensation if the FA leaves Morgan Stanley prior to the vesting dates.