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Connecticut Pension System Hires New Alternative Consultant

Apr 14, 2013
Jing Chen

The Connecticut Retirement Plans & Trust Funds has hired alternative investment advisory firm Cliffwater as a consultant.

Pensions & Investments reported that Cliffwater will replace the $26.1 billion pension system’s incumbent alternative investment fund consultant NEPC, whose contract expires May 31.

Denise Nappier, the state treasurer and principal fiduciary of the pension fund, confirmed to P&I that California-based Cliffwater was chosen because it “specializes exclusively in alternative investments,” while NEPC “services other investment spaces” in addition to alternative investments.

Cliffwater specializes in hedge funds, private equity and real assets. 

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