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Duane L. Hughes

Duane L. Hughes is currently an Executive Director in the Legal and Compliance Division at Morgan Stanley, where he advises on structured debt capital market transactions. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Duane’s career has focused on Latin American capital markets at both Shearman & Sterling and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, with an in-between stint at Lucent Technologies, prior to joining Morgan Stanley nearly a decade ago. Duane holds JD, MBA and MA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA degree summa cum laude in Economics from Howard University.

Duane Hughes reflects his passion for diversity and inclusion in a variety of ways within Morgan Stanley and the greater legal profession. His comprehensive and strategic approach to diversity at Morgan Stanley has led to a Legal and Compliance Division diversity committee with over 40 members worldwide and a host of initiatives including: unique diversity awareness and training sessions; an annual outside counsel survey and reception on diversity matters; a summer internship for first year law students and market leading partnerships with the City Bar’s South African Visiting Lawyer Program, and the Legal Outreach Program.

As a member of the Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession of the New York City Bar Association, he played a key role in drafting the City Bar’s Statement of Diversity Principles and the creation of the City Bar’s Office for Diversity. Last year, Duane spearheaded fundraising for Pathways to Achievement and Community Transformation (PACT), a high school initiative for 25 young African American and Latino males interested in future law careers, and addressed hundreds of professionals through his diversity presentations at conferences, law firms, and law departments around the country. Duane bases his efforts on the fundamental principle that people with different perspectives working together achieve better results. His contagious enthusiasm for diversity matters has contributed tremendously to the greater legal community.