Mr Dennis Lynch
Dennis P. Lynch, Jr. (Marshall)
|Native name||Dennis Lynch|
|Born||Dennis P. Lynch, Jr.|
|🎓 Alma mater||Columbia University & Hamilton College|
Head of Counterpoint Global
|📆 Years active||27 Years|
|👔 Employer||Morgan Stanley Investment Management|
Dennis P. Lynch, Jr. (Marshall) joined Morgan Stanley Investment Management in January 2002 when he assumed the position of Head of Small and Midcap Growth Investing. After serving in this role for two and a half years, he went on to become the Head of Counterpoint Global in July 2004. He still holds this position today. Before coming onboard with Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Dennis Lynch worked as a Research Analyst at JP Morgan Chase from January 1994 to June 1996.
Lynch graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Government Studies from Hamilton College in 1993. Three years after he earned his B.A., Lynch enrolled at Columbia Business School to work toward his Master of Business Education (MBA) in Finance. He graduated with honors in 1998.
A long and successful career in finance and investing has made Dennis Lynch a sought-after name that others turn to for advice. This is especially true since the coronavirus pandemic and the staggering impact it had on business and the world of investing. In September 2020, approximately six months into the pandemic, Lynch sat for an interview with the Goldman Sachs publication.
When asked about the impact of the pandemic on investment trends, Lynch responded that acceleration seemed more obvious to him, at least in a few major cases such as e-commerce. He also pointed to other situations where investment acceleration was not as obvious. One example was companies moving quickly to make their IT operations digital to support remote work and computing.
Dennis Lynch also talked about the most important lessons he has learned during an investment career that has spanned more than 25 years. He highlighted the economic recession of 2008 and the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 as examples of times when companies needed immediate access to outside capital. Businesses must have a backup plan established to ensure the continued flow of capital when dealing with circumstances outside of leadership’s control. Those that do not are the ones that find themselves in financial trouble the most often.
As for long-term secular growth opportunities, Lynch says that his company intends to continue to focus on healthcare technology and Internet advertising. He also described how Morgan Stanley Investment Management has transitioned over the past few years to expand its portfolio. The company now works with smaller, lesser-known businesses that have shown leadership potential in software-as-a-service (SaaS) and e-commerce, in addition to its traditional focuses.