Wealth advisory firm Snowden Lane Partners has hired Michelle Begina from Morgan Stanley to bolster its Veritas Private Wealth Management team in New York.

Begina, who has nearly 20 years of industry experience, has joined the team as a senior partner and managing director in the New York City.

She will work alongside Veritas’ senior partners and managing directors Jesse Clinton, Phil Pedrena, Joseph Hubbell and Michael Mahoney, overseeing over $400m in client assets, the company said.

At Morgan Stanley, Begina served as vice president and financial advisor. She previously also held senior position at Merrill Lynch.

Commenting on the appointment, Clinton said: “Apart from the technical skills and multiple credentials she’s acquired in a two-decades-long career, Michelle understands the nuances of managing client relationships to ensure long-term financial goals are met, and wherever possible, exceeded.

“We’re in the midst of one of the most dynamic times in US market history and we’re fortunate to have someone with Michelle’s experience and capabilities join our practice.”