Treasury Names Firms for PPIP, Pimco Left Out

Following a comprehensive two-month application evaluation and selection process, during which over 100 unique applications to participate in Legacy Securities PPIP were received, Treasury has pre-qualified the following firms (in alphabetical order) to participate as fund managers in the initial round of the program:

AllianceBernstein, LP and its sub-advisors Greenfield Partners, LLC and Rialto Capital Management, LLC;
Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P. and GE Capital Real Estate;
BlackRock, Inc.;
Invesco Ltd.;
Marathon Asset Management, L.P.;
Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.;
RLJ Western Asset Management, LP.;
The TCW Group, Inc.; and
Wellington Management Company, LLP.

Treasury evaluated these applications according to established criteria, including: (i) demonstrated capacity to raise at least $500 million of private capital; (ii) demonstrated experience investing in Eligible Assets, including through performance track records; (iii) a minimum of $10 billion (market value) of Eligible Assets under management; (iv) demonstrated operational capacity to manage the Legacy Securities PPIP funds in a manner consistent with Treasury’s stated Investment Objective while also protecting taxpayers; and (iv) headquartered in the United States. To ensure robust participation by both small and large firms, these criteria were evaluated on a holistic basis and failure to meet any one criterion did not necessarily disqualify an application.

Moreover, as Treasury previously announced, small-, veteran-, minority-, and women-owned businesses will continue to have the opportunity to partner with selected fund managers following pre-qualification. Set forth below is a list (in alphabetical order) of the established small-, veteran-, minority-, and women-owned businesses partnerships:

Advent Capital Management, LLC;
Altura Capital Group LLC;
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation;
Atlanta Life Financial Group, through its subsidiary Jackson Securities LLC;
Blaylock Robert Van, L.L.C.;
CastleOak Securities, LP;
Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc.;
Park Madison Partners LLC;
The Williams Capital Group, L.P.; and
Utendahl Capital Management.

Joint Statement by Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Ben S. Bernanke, and Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Sheila Bair on the Legacy Asset Program

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Change to SOMA Securities Lending Program

From the Fed:

Effective July 9, 2009, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Open Market Trading Desk is making the following change to the System Open Market Account (SOMA) securities lending program:

Commencing with the noon operation on July 9, 2009, direct obligations of housing-related government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks held in the SOMA portfolio will be offered for loan in the daily SOMA securities lending auctions.

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