During Alibaba's roadshow, each of the six banks underwriting the deal has been charged with arranging a day of investor meetings.
Now, Morgan Stanley, which arranged Wednesday's meetings with investors like Tiger Global, had an additional challenge: Figure out how to celebrate the 50th birthday of Alibaba founder Jack Ma.
The investment bank, along with the other bookrunners, rang in the occasion Wednesday by giving Ma a painting done on a fan, according to a person familiar with the gift.
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The piece of art, which was framed and featured a flock of birds, has sentimental value: It's by artist Ding Hongyu, based in China's Sichuan province who features prominently in a video Alibaba has been showing investors.