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RFP: PROXY RESEARCH AND PROXY VOTING PLATFORM

The Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (LACERA) is requesting proposals from qualified firms interested in providing proxy research and/or proxy voting platform services. LACERA seeks one proxy voting platform provider and one or more proxy research and analysis service providers.

SCOPE OF SERVICES

The purpose of this search is to retain one proxy voting platform provider and one or more proxy research and analysis service providers to ensure LACERA maintains an efficacious voting platform by which to execute, record, and report on its proxy voting activities, as well as access to adequate research to inform LACERA’s analysis and execution of proxy votes consistent with its custom Corporate Governance and Stewardship Principles.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The completed proposal must be delivered by 5:00 PM, PST, Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Any proposal delivered after the deadline will not be considered. Proposals are to be submitted via email to:

Mr. Dale Johnson
Investment Officer
LACERA
djohnson@lacera.com

The size of any emails should not exceed 32 megabytes. If necessary, attachments that have a large file size may be distributed across multiple emails. Faxed and mailed physical paper transmissions are not acceptable. Also, email one electronic copy marked "REDACTED". The redacted copy should exclude only material from your proposal that you believe in good faith is exempt from disclosure under the California Public Records Act (Cal. Gov. Code Sections 6250 et seq.) (Described in Section VI of this RFP). Redactions should appear as blacked out material or blank page(s) with the word "REDACTED" or "PROPRIETARY" inserted.

DEADLINE FOR RFP RESPONSE

The completed proposal must be delivered by 5:00 PM, PST, Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Any proposal delivered after the proposal deadline will not be considered.

QUESTIONS RELATING TO THIS RFP

Please note that during this evaluation process, LACERA staff will not answer any questions related to the RFP. If a question appears unclear to you, please state your interpretation of the question, and answer it accordingly.

TENTATIVE TIMETABLE

The following is a tentative schedule for this search. The evaluation and staff recommendation phases are subject to modification by LACERA.

Task Date
Submission — RFP Response Deadline December 16, 2020
RFP Evaluation December 2020 - January 2021
In-house and on-site or web-based diligence interviews January - March 2021
Staff Recommendation to Board of Investments April - May 2021

RFP Materials

RFP: Proxy Research and Proxy Voting Platform
A1 - Investment Policy Statement
B1 - Minimum Qualifications
C1 - Questionaire
D1 - Diversity and Inclusion
E1 - Placement Agent Disclosure
F1 - Sample Vendor Agreement
Placement Agent Policy