About Us

We are a cohesive team of highly experienced financial professionals from a broad range of disciplines. We combine our talents to help some of the most prominent families in Mexico, and other Latin American countries, addressing the complex, multigenerational challenges of managing significant wealth.

The interests of our clients always go first as we seek to build long-term relationships based on personal integrity, professional competence, and mutual trust.
NY Alta Group:
  • The strength, stability and resources of global financial services leader with more than 150 years of heritage, high capital strength and focus on Private Wealth Management
  • Integrated team approach: NY Alta Group operates as an exclusive Private Wealth Management boutique within the firm, providing institutional-type coverage to large family offices and private clients
  • Senior Private Wealth Advisors with 15+ years of experience in the industry, long track record as a cohesive team covering some of the most sophisticated families in the Latin American Market. Focused team with limited number of clients and deep coverage capabilities
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About PWM

Founded in 1977, Private Wealth Management is the division of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management that is dedicated to serving the firm’s most affluent clients, including some of the world’s most accomplished entrepreneurs, executives and stewards of multigenerational wealth. Functioning as an exclusive investment boutique within a global financial firm, we deliver sophisticated solutions that leverage the intellectual capital and insight of Morgan Stanley’s substantial global resources. Drawing on a deep understanding of your financial life, our goal is to help you:
  • Manage investments with an unwavering focus on your financial strategy and personal goals
  • Create comprehensive, multigenerational wealth management plans based on your needs, challenges and the values that guide your life and legacy
  • Simplify financial complexity to help you achieve clarity and control
Private Wealth Management Highlights
  • Approximately 250 teams1  specialized in assisting individuals and families with $20MM+ in investable assets
  • Over $330 billion in AUM2
  • Comprising 26% of the Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors list for 20173
  • Direct access to ultra high net worth experts in philanthropy, family dynamics, wealth transfer, lifestyle advisory and other areas of interest to ultra high net worth families
1 Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, December 31, 2017
2 Morgan Stanley Internal Compensable Revenue Report, December 31, 2017
3 Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors, April 2017


Discovery Process
Investing the time to learn about you and your family; your assets and liabilities and the risk exposures, enables us to formulate strategies and customize the relationship to your needs.
Formulation of Tax, Trust and Estate Strategy
Working with your tax and legal advisors, we help analyze your income and estate tax circumstances to identify and tailor planning techniques that may be used to address your objectives.
Creation of Customized Strategic Asset Allocation
Your customized asset allocation reflects risk, opportunities and taxation across multiple entities, while integrating your investing and estate plans.
Integration of Tactical Asset Allocation
Short-term adjustments seek to capitalize on temporary market distortions. Before making adjustments, we analyze the impact of taxes and trading costs on potential returns.
Implementation of a Customized Wealth Strategy
After comprehensive due diligence and analysis of expected results across multiple market scenarios, strategies are chosen from our expansive investment platform.
Ongoing Assessment
In coordination with your other advisors, we can conduct ongoing reviews and comprehensive reporting to ensure that your strategy adapts to changing financial and family needs.

Global Franchise

Morgan Stanley serves a global clientele of individuals, families, corporations, endowments, foundations, governments and others through three core businesses:
  • Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
  • Institutional Securities Group
  • Investment Management
Our strength and synergies across each of these businesses not only contributes to the economic vitality and stability of the firm, but also expands the vast resources, expertise and global insight that we can offer you.
Morgan Stanley Franchise Power
  • $2.4tn in client assets under management1
  • Morgan Stanley reported revenues of $11.9Bn1
  • More than 55,000 global employees1
  • Global footprint includes 1,200 offices in 31 countries on six continents1
  • Tier 1 risk-based capital Ratio under U.S. Basel III was approximately 17.8%1
  • $206Bn in liquidity reserve1
  • Long-term credit rating A3, BBB+ and A, by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch, respectively2
1Unaudited. As of March 31, 2018, Morgan Stanley Quarterly Financial Supplement


399 Park Ave 12th
New York, NY 10022
(212) 271-0460(212) 271-0460

Meet New York Alta Group

About Me

Based in New York, Leo Biagini is a financial advisor focused in portfolio management. He has more than 18 years of experience in the financial industry, most recently as Managing Director in Private Wealth Management at Credit Suisse and JPMorgan, covering UHNW clients in Latin America, with a particular focus in the Mexican market. After his MBA he spent 4 years at Citigroup Private Bank as an investment counselor. Originally from Argentina, Leo started his career at The Exxel Group, a Private Equity group. He holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. 

Leo makes his home in Greenwich, CT with his wife Cecilia, and their three children.
Securities Agent: TX, NJ, WY, WV, WI, WA, VT, VI, VA, UT, SD, SC, RI, PR, PA, OR, OK, OH, NY, NV, NM, NH, NE, ND, NC, MT, MS, MO, MN, MI, ME, MD, MA, LA, KY, KS, IN, IL, ID, IA, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AR, AL, AK; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative

About Me

A global investment advisor with over 15 years of experience, Fernando Massaro provides investment advice to some of the most prominent families in Mexico. Assisting his clients in managing portfolios on  both a  discretionary and non-discretionary basis, Fernando concentrates on hedging strategies, tactical investments, risk management, diversification strategies, macroeconomic analysis and active trading. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Fernando served in a similar capacity at Credit Suisse. He began his career at JP Morgan, where he worked for more than 10 years advising ultra high net worth Mexican families. Fernando holds a bachelor’s degree in economics with honors and an MBA in finance from New York University.

During his free time, Fernando likes to spend time with his family and fly small planes. He holds a private pilot license.
Securities Agent: TX, NJ, WY, WV, WI, WA, VT, VI, VA, UT, SD, SC, RI, PR, PA, OR, OK, OH, NY, NV, NM, NH, NE, ND, NC, MT, MS, MO, MN, MI, ME, MD, MA, LA, KY, KS, IN, IL, ID, IA, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AR, AL, AK; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative

About Me

Based in Houston, Victor Palafox advises an exclusive clientele of prominent Mexican families in the management of their assets. Victor brings over 18 years of wealth management and fixed income trading experience to the service of his clients. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Victor served as a Private Banker and Managing Director at Credit Suisse. Previously he worked on a similar position in JPMorgan Private Bank, heading the Houston office for more than 8 years and, prior to that, he worked at Banamex on the proprietary emerging markets fixed income desk. Victor is a graduate of the School of Business & Economics of the Universidad Anáhuac (Norte) of the State of Mexico.

Victor resides in Houston, Texas with his wife, April, and their six children.
Securities Agent: TX, WY, WV, WI, WA, VT, VI, VA, UT, SD, SC, RI, PR, PA, OR, OK, OH, NY, NV, NM, NJ, NH, NE, ND, NC, MT, MS, MO, MN, MI, ME, MD, MA, LA, KY, KS, IN, IL, ID, IA, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ, AR, AL, AK; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
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About Me

Rodrigo Morales is an investment professional at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Rodrigo covers the HNW segment in Mexico and is responsible for providing investment advice and managing clients’ portfolios. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Rodrigo accumulated more than 10 years of experience managing client portfolios at Credit Suisse and JP Morgan’s Private Bank. Rodrigo holds an Executive MBA from Columbia University’s Business School in New York and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with honors from the ITESM (Tec de Monterrey).
Securities Agent: TX, CT, WY, WV, WI, WA, VT, VI, VA, UT, SD, SC, RI, PR, PA, OR, OK, OH, NY, NV, NM, NJ, NH, NE, ND, NC, MT, MS, MO, MN, MI, ME, MD, MA, LA, KY, KS, IN, IL, ID, IA, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CO, CA, AZ, AR, AL, AK; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative

About Me

Iris Gomez is a Group Director at the New York Alta Group, a leading international Private Wealth Management team at Morgan Stanley.

Iris brings more than 26 years of experience in the financial services industry. She began her career in 1993 at Prime Charter Ltd. a boutique investment firm focusing on investment banking and sales and trading. After being acquired by Oppenheimer & Co. in 2002, Iris spent 12 years covering international markets working with private clients and institutions.

She joined Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in May of 2016 as a Relationship Manager where she focused on the Ultra High Net worth market. After completing the firm’s Leadership Readiness program at Morgan Stanley, Iris became the Business Service Manager at the 399 Park Avenue Complex, the firm’s flagship Complex. As the Business Service Manager, Iris worked closely with Complex Management to supervise, manage and support all service functions, partnering with leading teams and advisors in both domestic and international markets.

After her outstanding contribution to the leading Complex at Morgan Stanley she joined the New York Alta Group as the Group Director, where she leads the strategy and client service model for the team’s clients. Iris coordinates all team resources tailored to servicing the complex needs of managing significant wealthy clients.

Iris earned her Degree in Business Management from Borough of Manhattan Community College. She speaks English and Spanish, additionally she has he following FINRA licenses: Series 7, 63, 24, 9, 10, 66, and 3. She lives with her husband and 3 children in NJ.

About Me

Based in New York, Ariel Bengio is an investments associate at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Ariel supports the team’s advisors by providing investment advice, assisting in the management of their clients’ portfolios, and performing investment vehicle due diligence. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Ariel was at J.P. Morgan Investment Management where he covered asset managers across the US, supporting them in their fund selection and portfolio construction processes. Prior to that, Ariel was a Global Investments Analyst at J.P. Morgan Private Bank covering clients Latin America. Ariel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in both Economics and International Relations from Boston University and is currently pursuing his MBA at Columbia Business School.

Ariel is originally from Madrid, Spain, and lives in Manhattan with his wife. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and tennis.

About Me

Angel Peña is an Investment Analyst supporting the team’s clients across a broad range of responsibilities, including managing client portfolios, implementing trading strategies and researching potential investment opportunities for ultra-high net worth individuals in Latin America. Angel also analyzes Latin American, High Yield and Contingent Capital Fixed Income bonds based on yield spread, default risk and liquidity for investment ideas and new client proposals.

Angel graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance and a minor in Accounting. His outside interests include soccer and traveling.

About Me

Guillermo Ramirez is an Investment Analyst who assists the team’s clients by exploring investment opportunities and managing and monitoring their portfolios. Guillermo is also responsible of analyzing and informing the team on expected monthly investment perspectives and providing investment ideas for these changes in global trends.

Guillermo graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Business Minor. He enjoys spending his free time with family and friends, and playing soccer.

About Me

Nicolas Jubera is an Investment Analyst supporting the team’s clients by developing and implementing fundamental and tactical investment strategies, managing and monitoring portfolios, and providing risk analysis. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley full-time, Nicolas worked at Merrill Lynch, where he supported the Management Team at the New York International Office.

Nicolas graduated summa cum laude from New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and International Business. In his free time, he enjoys skiing and playing tennis.

About Me

Daniela earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Mathematics at ITAM, in Mexico City. She started her career as an Analyst at Banamex, in Mexico City, in the Strategic Planning Department. She then joined Standard & Poor’s Mutual Fund Department as a Mutual Fund Rating Specialist, where she held positions in the Mexico City and New York City offices. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, she was an Assistant Manager at J.Jill, an omni-channel retailer.

She was born and raised in Mexico City, lived in NYC, and currently resides in Texas with her three sons.

About Me

Samantha is based in Houston, but originally from Mexico City. With more than 15 years of experience in the industry, Samantha has specialized in wealth management and investment advisory for high net worth Mexican clientele. Samantha is a graduate of Economics of Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).

She is dedicated to her 2 sons, and apart from work she is a Yoga teacher and longtime practitioner.

About Me

Jean Blanco is a Portfolio Associate at the New York Alta Group, a leading Private Wealth Management team Morgan Stanley.

Jean has 17 years of experience in the wealth management industry, of which the last 7 years have been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Over the span of his career he has worked closely with some of the most sophisticated clients in Latin America, covering ultra-high net worth individuals, family offices, funds and corporations. 

Jean has become a seasoned expert in client service, administration and operations, being a key resource to the team and the group’s clients.

He will obtain his Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs at Baruch College City University of New York (CUNY) in the fall of 2018. He holds Series 7 and 63 licenses and speaks English and Spanish. 

About Me

Erika joined Morgan Stanley in March of 2011 as a Client Service Associate. Erika currently holds her Series 3, 7, 63, 66 and state insurance licenses. She is a graduate of Baruch College.

Erika was born in Yuscarán, Honduras a historic town known for its beautiful mountains. She has been living in New York for over 20 years which she considers her hometown.
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