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Ex-Financial Services Roundtable CEO Bartlett Joins PR Firm

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Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Steve Bartlett, the longtime Financial Services Roundtable president and chief executive officer who stepped down last year, has joined Levick, the consulting firm said today.

Bartlett, a former Republican congressman and Dallas mayor, took the Roundtable’s top job in 1999 and directed the group’s lobbying during the financial crisis and the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act. At Levick, he will advise clients in the financial services, energy, health care and manufacturing sectors, the firm said in a statement.

“We are thrilled to have Steve join our ranks,” Richard S. Levick, the firm’s CEO, said in the statement. “There are few like him for expertise, depth of knowledge of the key issues of the day, and for understanding the power of the court of public opinion to sway the destiny of institutions.”

Bartlett, 65, said he may register as a lobbyist for some clients, but most of his projects won’t involve lobbying Congress or federal agencies. He started work last week.

He said he will mostly advise companies that need help navigating regulatory risk and understanding how federal agencies and congressional committees work.

“My principal job is to help advise corporations manage through these times,” Bartlett said.

Levick’s Clients

Levick’s former clients included Dubai, the Principality of Liechtenstein and LGT Group, and entertainer Rosie O’Donnell, according to the company’s website. LGT Group, a bank owned by Liechtenstein’s royal family, hired Levick to help rebut accusations that it aided U.S. clients who wanted to hide assets and evade taxes.

Former Minnesota Governor and GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty was named president and CEO of the Roundtable in September to replace Bartlett, who announced plans to retire last March. The group lobbies Congress and the White House on behalf of large financial companies such as Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc.

Bartlett served in the House of Representatives for four terms before leaving Congress in 1991 to serve a term as mayor of Dallas.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dave Michaels in Washington at dmichaels5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Maura Reynolds at mreynolds34@bloomberg.net

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