No expense appeared too small, no detail too minor.

Business executive clients received first-class treatment at the 2008-11 Rodman & Renshaw conferences at the Le Royal Meridien in Shanghai and the Waldorf-Astoria and New York Palace hotels in New York City. The late-night entertainment shone: Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, En Vogue.

During the day, the New York City investment bank’s conference speakers included such VIPs as former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell, and former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan. Presiding over it all was board Chairman Wesley K. Clark, a retired four-star Army general who joined Rodman in 2006. Later, the company began its mission to take fledging Chinese firms and infuse them with Western cash.

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