Pension and Law Enforcement Experts Team up to Provide Due Diligence

August 4, 2009 ( - Benchmark Financial Services and Forensic Investigative Associates (FIA), the global investigations and risk management division of T&M Protection Resources (T&M), have announced a strategic alliance to deliver third party due diligence and investigative services for the investment community.

The companies contend that by combining former senior law enforcement, regulatory and intelligence officials, financial professionals, and an experienced money management investigator, the FIA-Benchmark affiliation will bring a multidisciplinary approach to the due diligence process – “an approach that goes well beyond checklists to develop actionable risk management information.”

According to a press release, key members of the FIA-Benchmark team include:

  • Edward Siedle, president of Benchmark Financial Services, and a former SEC Attorney and director of compliance at Putnam Investments;
  • Robert Silbering, the former New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor, whom the firms claim pioneered AML investigative techniques;
  • Thomas Sheer, a former assistant director in charge of the Inspection Division of the FBI,who was also assistant director in charge of the New York office;
  • Ted Price, a former deputy director for operations at the CIA, who was subsequently head of global security at Lehman Brothers and later chairman of Lehman India;
  • Joseph Russo, a former senior U.S. Secret Service officer who led presidential protection details and ran the credit card fraud squad in New York City;
  • Thomas Rossetter, a former special assistant U.S. Attorney who served as assistant general counsel of Prudential Financial, managing investment and insurance litigation; and
  • Mark Foley, a former CEO of a multinational emerging markets bank who has established asset management and brokerage businesses along with a team of senior financial executives coming from leading financial institutions.

For more information, contact Edward Siedle at 561-202-0919 or .