Wells Fargo has had a busy hiring month, adding nine financial advisors to its force from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch, and also hiring a new manager from Raymond James.

The largest team of the financial advisor hires is the Brien Group in Pittsford, N.Y. Financial advisors in that team include Robert Brien, Michael “Chip” Kazacos, Keith Baier and Christopher LaFountain. They join from Morgan Stanley, and previously had $3.1 million in annual fees and commissions and $320 million in client assets under management. The team, which also includes one financial consultant and three client associates, reports to branch manager Joe Tobin.

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