The Sawyer Group

The Sawyer Group at Morgan Stanley is a comprehensive wealth management practice headquartered in New York City. For the past 30 years, our team has developed an extensive network and exclusive client base of entrepreneurs, executives, private equity partners, venture capitalists and senior Morgan Stanley professionals.

Our team is committed to helping clients with every aspect of their financial needs, including portfolio management, retirement planning, estate and tax strategies, wealth transfer, cash management and lending services.

The Sawyer Group is committed to providing a personalized experience to affluent individuals and families with considerable assets and complex financial needs. We take great pride in clearly explaining every aspect of our process and hold transparency and liquidity as key tenets of our investing philosophy.

As a client of The Sawyer Group you benefit from the objective and consultative approach of a boutique firm, coupled with guided access to the global resources and institutional capabilities of a top financial institution.

In 2019, The Sawyer Group was ranked on Barron's inaugural "Top 50 Private Wealth Advisory Teams". Mike Sawyer, our founding partner with over 30 years of investing experience has received national recognition as having one of the top wealth management practices in America. Mike has consistently ranked in Barron’s “Top 100 Financial Advisors” and Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Top 100 Financial Advisors” publications.

By building a diverse, first-class team, The Sawyer Group has dedicated itself to managing and preserving the wealth of a select list of high net worth clients.

See the “Meet The Sawyer Group” section below to learn more about our team members. We look forward to meeting you.
Capabilities
  • Comprehensive Wealth Planning
  • Investment Management
  • Lifestyle Advisory Services1
  • Estate Planning Strategies2
  • Life Insurance3
  • Philanthropy Management
  • Family Governance & Wealth Education
  • Sustainable & Responsible Investing
  • Alternative Investments4
  • Manager Selection
  • Risk Management
  • Open-Architecture Platform
  • Proprietary Investment Opportunities
  • Pre-Liquidity Planning
  • 10b5-(1) Programs
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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

Approach

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.

Awards

  • Barron's Top 50 Private Wealth Advisory Teams
  • Barron's Top 100 Financial Advisors in the U.S.
  • Forbes Magazine America's Top 100 Financial Advisors
  • Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors by Wealthmanagement.com
  • Financial Times Top 400 Elite Advisers
  • Barron's Top Advisors by State

Specialized Resources For UHNW Families

The complex financial issues of ultra high net worth individuals and families require highly specialized resources and a deep understanding of the concerns associated with significant wealth. To help our clients address these issues, Private Wealth Management combines the vast resources of a global financial leader with the tailored services of an exclusive wealth management boutique.

Location

522 5th Avenue, 11th
Floor
New York, NY 10036
US
Direct:
(212) 603-6162(212) 603-6162

Meet The Sawyer Group

About Me

As a Managing Director and Senior Institutional Consultant for The Sawyer Group, Mike has over 30 years of experience servicing the financial needs of wealthy individuals and their families, as well as, the needs of the Corporate and Institutional marketplace. Mike and his team provide holistic financial plans that integrate portfolio management, risk management, investment selection, retirement planning, estate and tax strategies, insurance, wealth transfer, cash management and lending services.

Accolades include:
• Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors in the U.S.
• Forbes Magazine America’s Top 100 Financial Advisors
• Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors by Wealthmanagement.com
• Financial Times Top 400 Elite Advisers
• Barron’s Top Advisors by State

At Morgan Stanley, Mike is a member of the Firm’s Wealth Management Advisory Cabinet, which advises to the President of Morgan Stanley. He is also an Institutional Consulting Director with Graystone Consulting, a division of Morgan Stanley that that focuses on endowments, foundations, and family offices. Mike was awarded this title for his outstanding achievements within the managed money and financial services arena.

Mike is a charter member of the Dow Jones Wealth Management Advisory Council, an industry group dedicated to promoting innovation in the practice of wealth management. He has made appearances and been interviewed regarding the financial markets on the CBS Evening News and NYtimes.com. Mike is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) by the Investment Consultants Association (IMCA) of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in the Fall of 2003, he was a Managing Director at Montgomery Securities, later acquired by Banc of America Securities, where he spearheaded the wealth management practice in New York. Throughout his career he has distinguished himself as a leading financial advisor with his predecessor firms Merrill Lynch, Rotan-Mosle and Kidder Peabody.

A long-time resident of Summit, New Jersey, Mike and his wife along with their three children, stay actively connected to their community by participating in social and philanthropic organizations, volunteering their time, supporting local and national charities, paying it forward purposefully. Particularly passionate about a cure for celiac disease, Mike and his family have been honored by the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University for their extensive dedication and efforts in bringing about awareness and raising funds for research.
Securities Agent: WY, WV, VA, TX, TN, SD, SC, PR, PA, OH, NY, NJ, NH, NC, MN, MI, ME, MD, MA, IL, GA, FL, DE, DC, CT, CO, CA, AZ; Managed Futures; Transactional Futures/Commodities; General Securities Representative; General Securities Principal; BM/Supervisor
NMLS#: 1268255

About Me

As a Private Wealth Advisor for The Sawyer Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, Rob provides exceptional care, insightful investment advice, and customized wealth management solutions to a growing clientele of highly accomplished entrepreneurs, executives, venture capitalists, and other ultra-high net worth individuals and their families.

Through a process of understanding a client’s many complex financial needs, he structures holistic financial plans that integrate portfolio construction, risk management, investment selection, trust & estate planning strategies, retirement planning, insurance, and credit management. In addition, he works with corporate executives regarding stock option management and Rule 10b5-1 plans. Rob also plays a central role in the team’s business development efforts.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley full time, Rob spent several years experiencing firsthand the hyper-growth environment of Silicon Valley while working for Apttus. Located in San Mateo, Apttus is a cloud-based Enterprise Software startup.

Rob began his career in the financial services industry as a summer intern at Makena Capital Management in the Asset Allocation division. Located on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, Makena Capital is a global multi-asset class investment manager.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Arizona. He is a licensed Insurance Agent in the State of New York (NY Insurance License # 1529557) and holds both the Series 7 and 66 registrations with FINRA.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he now resides in New York City. Within the community, Rob serves on the advisory committee at Cristo Rey New York High School, a Catholic college preparatory based in East Harlem, New York City. Additionally, he is a member of the Young Advocates Circle at The Boy’s Club of New York.
Securities Agent: TX, CT, WY, WV, VA, TN, SD, SC, PR, PA, OH, NY, NJ, NH, NC, MO, MN, MI, ME, MD, MA, IL, HI, GA, FL, DE, DC, CO, CA, AZ; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
NMLS#: 1764845

About Me

As a Business Development Director, Barbara brings over twenty years of financial services industry experience to The Sawyer Group. Her priority is to forge closer client relationships and help ensure that clients are always connected to their financial information both online and in person. She guides clients through the account opening and enrollment processes, facilitates account reviews, and interacts with many facets of daily client account maintenance. She first joined The Sawyer Group in 2001 as a Sales Analyst within the Private Client Services division at Banc of America Securities.

Barbara began her career in Consumer Banking with NationsBank in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In 1996, she transferred from Florida to New York as a Business Manager in the Corporate Banking Division. In 1998, following the merger of NationsBank and Bank of America, Barbara moved over to Corporate & Investment Banking as a Marketing Analyst. Prior to her career at Bank of America, she was part of a management training program at First Investors Life Insurance Company, and upon graduating from college, worked in retail as a Business Administrator.

Barbara has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Social Sciences from Montclair State University. She currently holds the Series 7, 66 and 31 registrations with FINRA.

Barbara resides in Ocean, New Jersey, with her husband and two dogs.

About Me

As a Wealth Management Associate, Caitlin brings over ten years of financial services industry experience to The Sawyer Group. She provides fundamental client support in all phases of operational service and account maintenance, including daily processing support for transaction business requests and disbursements.

After beginning her career as an account executive in the advertising sales department of Crain's New York Business, Caitlin joined Deutsche Bank in 2006 where she served as an intern on the Institutional Equities Sales desk.

Caitlin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from the University of Scranton. She holds the Series 7 and 66 registrations with FINRA.

Caitlin was born and raised in New York City and currently resides in Rockville Centre, New York, with her husband and daughter.

About Me

As a Registered Associate for The Sawyer Group, Andrew acts as the team’s head trader by ensuring that clients receive the best possible execution and working seamlessly with the firm’s numerous trading desks and the team’s Portfolio Managers. Andrew is also tasked with coordinating the equity and fixed income syndication efforts, which include IPO, Secondary, Preferred and Municipal bond offerings.

Andrew began his career at Morgan Stanley as a summer intern in 2014 and joined The Sawyer Group in 2016 as a Registered Client Service Associate. Additional duties on the team include client relations, client performance appraisals, research, investment manager due diligence and trading.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He currently holds the Series 7, 66 and 31 registrations with FINRA.

Originally from Summit, New Jersey, he currently resides in New York City.

About Me

As a Business Development Associate for The Sawyer Group, Catherine’s primary focus is on providing first-class client service and strategic operational support to the group’s clients. Since joining Morgan Stanley in 2015, she has gained a thorough understanding of internal processes and procedures allowing her to promptly handle a variety of client needs. Catherine is also tasked with coordinating the equity and fixed income syndication efforts, which include IPO, Secondary, Preferred, and Municipal bond offerings.

After beginning her career as a Financial Advisor Associate at Andrew Garrett in New York City, Catherine supported Financial Advisors as a Sales Assistant at Dominick & Dominick. Prior to joining the Sawyer Group, Catherine initially joined Morgan Stanley as a Complex Administrator and was promoted to Business Service Manager in 2017.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The University of Edinburgh. She currently holds the Series 7, 66, 31, 9 and 10 registrations with FINRA.

Catherine was born and raised in New York City and currently resides in Hoboken, New Jersey.

About Me

As a Registered Client Service Associate for The Sawyer Group, Nick’s duties on the team include client relations, client performance appraisals, research, investment manager due diligence and trading. Additionally, he works closely with the Group’s Portfolio Managers in executing our different investment strategies and manages the oversight of the team’s research efforts.

Nick joined Morgan Stanley and The Sawyer Group in 2018. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he spent a summer interning for Negotiatus, an E-procurement startup platform based in New York City.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences at Boston College. Nick holds the Series 7, 66 and 31 registrations with FINRA.

Originally from Westchester, New York, he currently resides in New York City.
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The Sawyer Group Named to Barron's 2019 Top 50 Private Wealth Advisory Teams


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