New Rules of the Game under the New York Public Pension Fund Reform Code of Conduct

Cleary Gottlieb put together a useful Alert Memo on The New Rules of the Game under the New York Public Pension Fund Reform Code of Conduct (.pdf) They outline the key provisions of the Reform Code and suggest action steps for investment firms that do business (or seek to do business) with New York Public Pension Funds and may become subject to its requirements or similar requirements.

The principles reflected in the Reform Code are likely to extend beyond the agreement with Carlyle, whether other industry participants voluntarily agree to abide by them or they are incorporated into new federal and/or state legislation or regulations. The Attorney General’s office has indicated that it expects the Reform Code to establish a generally applicable framework for relationships between Public Pension Funds and investment firms going forward; at a minimum, it appears likely that firms seeking to do business with New York Public Pension Funds will be asked to be bound by the Reform Code. Attorney General Cuomo has described the Reform Code as representing the “new rules of the game” and praised Carlyle for “leading the industry toward critical change of the public pension investment system.”

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