A Wall Street Journal news report said LACERS board members this week approved a measure requiring that firms seeking a LACERS investment mandate disclose the identity of third-party marketers or individuals used to market their funds.
According to the Journal account, LACERS looked at a number of options for improving transparency, including an outright ban on third-party marketing, but opted for the disclosure rule under the notion it strikes a suitable balance and will be effective at limiting conflicts of interest.
The move comes as New York’s Common Retirement Fund recently banned the use of third-party marketers by firms that wish to do business with it (see DiNapoli Bars Placement Agents for Empire State Fund ), and New York City’s pension systems are considering a similar move.
New Mexico, meanwhile, has passed a law requiring firms to disclose their employment of placement agents when seeking capital from its state retirement systems (see Auto Czar Also Indicated in NM Pay-to-Play ) and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is considering a similar move, the Journal said.
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