Introduction

Diversified Multi-Strategy Fund of Hedge Funds

The Retirement Board (“the Board”) of the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago (“the Fund”) is requesting proposals from qualified firms interested in providing Diversified Multi-Strategy Fund of Hedge Funds (“Offerors”). All forms/required documents needed for submitting a Request for Proposal (“RFP”)

Information regarding the RFP may not be available in any other form or location. Bidders are responsible for monitoring the website. Bidders are also responsible for reviewing and completing the required documents under the Investment/Search/Documents portion of the website.

The Fund is a pension trust fund of the City of Chicago established in 1887. The Board is made up of eight members. Decisions in regards to awarding mandates shall be at the sole discretion of the Board in exercising their investment authority to ensure the prudent investment of Fund assets.

The Fund is governed by Illinois Compiled Statutes, which can be viewed at: www.illinois.gov

SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED

The Board of the Fund is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide a diversified multi-strategy fund of hedge fund -. The purpose of employing a Diversified Multi-Strategy Fund of Hedge Fund manager is to fulfill the strategic asset allocation decision the Board has made to Hedge Funds. The goal of the allocation is to -enhance portfolio diversification and the potential for improved risk-adjusted returns.

The Fund’s hiring of a Diversified Multi-Strategy Fund of Hedge Fund manager will require the execution of a management service contract.

The Fund is not obligated to award a contract to any of the respondents to this RFP.

Professional Advisors

Legal Advisor

  • David R. Kugler, ESQ

Medical Advisor

  • Peter Orris, M.D.

Investment Consultant

Consulting Actuary

Auditor

Master Custodian

Commercial Bank

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

The Board’s investment consultant, NEPC, LLC (“the Consultant”) shall oversee the RFP process. If you are interested, you must submit an original hardcopy and electronic copy of the complete Proposal by 5 pm December 3, 2014 to:
Search Contact:
NEPC, LLC
Attn.: Alissa Howard
255 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
AHoward@nepc.com

An application would be deemed complete only when ALL requirements of this document and an accompanying excel template entitled “Chicago RFP Template 2014” have been completed in full. Incomplete applications will be rejected and any follow on submissions in support of an application filed earlier will not be entertained under any circumstances. Also, failure to provide requested information in the enclosed template will disqualify respondents from further consideration.

Awarded

  • Pending

RFP Disclaimers

PABFProposals become the property of the Fund and these and any late submissions will not be returned. Your Proposal will be open to the public under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 ILCS 140) and other applicable laws and rules, unless you request in your Proposal that we treat certain information as exempt. We will not honor requests to exempt an entire Proposal. You must show the specific grounds in FOIA or another law or rule that support exempt treatment. Regardless, we will disclose the successful Bidder’s name, and the substance of the Proposal. If you request exempt treatment, you must submit an additional copy of the Proposal with exempt information deleted. This copy must tell the general nature of the material removed and shall retain as much of the Proposal as possible. You will be responsible for any costs or damages associated with our defending your request for exempt treatment. You agree the Fund may copy the Proposal to facilitate evaluation, or to respond to requests for public records. You warrant that such copying will not violate the rights of any third party.

Non-Discrimination: No decisions regarding Bidders will be influenced by race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other unlawful basis.

Exceptions

Exceptions: (i) sole source procurements, (ii) emergency procurements, and (iii) at the discretion of the pension fund, retirement system, or board of investment, contracts that are nonrenewable and one year or less in duration, so long as the contract has a value of less than $20,000.