NYC Funds Pledge up to $110M in Private Equity Stake

October 4, 2004 ( - New York City Comptroller William Thompson has promised up to $110 million in city pension money to a private equity fund headed by former Connecticut state Treasurer Francisco Borges.

The largest commitment came from the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, which agreed to put $55 million into Landmark Equity Partners XI, a $750-million fund that invests in buyout, venture and mezzanine assets through secondary market transactions, according to a Crain’s New York report. The fund is run by Simsbury, Connecticut-based Landmark Equity Partners Inc., which is headed by Borges.


The teachers’ pension fund promised $30 million, the police pension fund pledged $20 million and the fire department pension fund committed $5 million, according to a Thompson statement.

The city’s pension funds have combined holdings of more than $80 billion. Some 5% of that is allocated to go to private equities, up from an allocation of 2% last year, a spokesman told Crain’s.