From the NY Post:
While Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has cracked down on the corrupt use of pension-fund “placement agents,” City Comptroller John Liu is cracking open the door for the return of the shady practice.
Liu, who manages investment of the city’s approximately $100 billion in pension funds, is urging the boards of the five retirement systems to lift a ban on the backroom intermediaries, who collect fees to help investment firms get lucrative business with the pension funds. Placement agents typically collect 1% to 2% of the funds they bring in from city and state pension systems. The fees can easily reach $1 million or more per transaction.
Several investment firms hired by the city pension systems have used Credit Suisse First Boston as a placement agent in the past. Liu’s new chief investment officer, Larry Schloss, resigned as chairman of the firm’s private-equity arm in 2003. Liu’s office said Schloss, whose city salary is $224,578, oversaw the placement agent division, among others, at Credit Suisse, but denied any conflict.
“Larry’s financial expertise makes him uniquely qualified for his position,” a Liu spokesman said. “He holds no stock in Credit Suisse, and left there more than five years ago.”
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