BRIEF-Jefferies appoints Michael Eastwood as head of Americas Equity Research

Oct 9 (Reuters) - Jefferies Group Inc :

* Appoints Michael Eastwood head of americas equity research

* Says Eastwood joins the firm from Morgan Stanley

Jefferies today announced the hiring of Michael Eastwood as a Managing Director and Head of Americas Equity Research. Mr. Eastwood brings to Jefferies over 20 years of securities research experience. He joins the firm from Morgan Stanley, where he was most recently Director of North American Fixed Income Research and, prior to that, Associate Director of North American Equity Research and Head of U.S. Corporate Access. Prior to moving to the U.S. in 2009, he was a ranked European Chemical Analyst at Morgan Stanley for 10 years and at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson for five years based in London. Mr. Eastwood received a MA from the University of Aberdeen.

"We are pleased to welcome Michael Eastwood to Jefferies," commented Steven R. Black, Global Head of Equity Research at Jefferies. "His significant experience in managing well-respected research departments in both equities and fixed income will further extend Jefferies' leading research franchise and add immediate value to not just our U.S. offering, but our entire global equity offering to our institutional client base. We warmly welcome Michael to the team."

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