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Insurance, Investment and Asset Management

FT PIPA Awards 2016

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Pensions Expert PIPAs: Recognising excellence 

Pensions Expert is proud to present the 17th annual Pension and Investment Provider Awards. The PIPAs recognise excellence among providers of products and services to UK workplace pension schemes. The three key criteria used to adjudicate the awards are performance, innovation and service standards. Winners will be announced at an exclusive black-tie dinner and presentation ceremony on 18 May at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, and hosted by stand-up comedian, writer and actor, Hal Cruttenden.

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Simply email the following to

  • Your submission
  • Your company name
  • Your name and job title
  • Your contact telephone number and email address
  • The name of the product/service


Each category will be independently judged by a panel of experts. Categories need to receive a minimum of three entries to run. 


Pensions Expert will be giving an individual award to someone who made a special contribution to the industry in the past year, championed the cause of schemes and their members, or pushed forward the public discourse. 

You many nominate yourself or someone else in the industry, giving examples and arguments as to why you/they deserve the award. The panel of judges, led by the editorial team, will determine the winner.


The three criteria are:

1. Performance

Maximum of 400 words plus brief tables.

For investment categories: 
Performance must be shown as one, three and five-year annualised returns, net of fees, to end-2015 and results since inception. A benchmark must also be provided for the judges and all results should be presented in sterling. 

All figures should also clearly show if they are from composite data (and if so, what the data are) or individual fund performance. 

For the “passive global equities” category, entrants should include the total expense ratio of the chosen fund, the tracking error, and the range of strategies available. 

For services categories: 
Performance can be indicated through client wins, the solving of problems and performance delivery for your clients. 

2. Innovation 

Maximum of 400 words. 

How have you innovated over the past year? What new services or options have you introduced to improve the performance of your clients’ pension schemes, to save them money or to reduce their risk? 

3. Service 

Maximum of 400 words. 

How does your service to clients differ from your competitors? Case studies and client feedback can be used to illustrate improved service standards.


4 March 2016


Categories, Shortlist & Winners


Active European equities     

  • RAM Active Investments
  • Taube Hodson Stonex Partners
  • Vontobel

Winner: Taube Hodson Stonex Partners


Active global equities

  • Artisan Partners
  • MFS
  • Sanlam Four

Winner: Artisan Partners



  • Edmond de Rothschild
  • Insight Investment
  • Macro Currency Group

Winner: Edmond de Rothschild


Multi-asset funds (inc DGFs)          

  • Aberdeen Asset Management
  • Ruffer
  • Standard Life Investments

Winner: Standard Life Investments


Global multi-asset credit      

  • Insight Investment
  • PGIM
  • Twenty Four Asset Management

Winner: Twenty Four Asset Management


Emerging market debt         

  • BlackRock
  • Insight Investment
  • Pictet Asset Management

Winner: Pictet Asset Management


Emerging market equities   

  • Hermes Investment Management
  • Lazard
  • Vontobel

Winner: Hermes Investment Management


Global fixed income 

  • Legal & General Investment Management
  • Pimco
  • Standard Life Investments

Winner: Standard Life Investments


Hedge funds  

  • Aspect Capital
  • Aurum
  • BlackRock

Winner: Aurum

High-yield bonds      

  • BlueBay
  • Muzinich & Co
  • Royal London Asset Management

Winner: Royal London Asset Management



  • Allianz Global Investors
  • Hermes Investment Management
  • Infracapital (M&G)

Winner: Hermes Investment Management

Liability-driven investment

  • BlackRock
  • BMO Global Asset Management
  • Legal & General Investment Management

Winner: BMO Global Asset Management


Socially responsible investment       

  • Allianz Global Investors
  • Royal London Asset Management
  • Standard Life Investments 

Winner: Royal London Asset Management


UK fixed income      

  • Insight Investment
  • Royal London

Winner: Insight Investment

Smart beta    

  • AQR Capital
  • BMO Global Asset Management
  • Research Affiliates 

Winner: Research Affiliates


UK property 

  • Aviva Investors
  • M&G

Winner: Aviva Investors


Global property        

  • Aviva Investors
  • M&G

Winner: Aviva Investors



  • BlackRock
  • JP Morgan Asset Management
  • Muzinich & Co

Winner: BlackRock


Actuarial consultant 

  • Aon Hewitt
  • Hymans Robertson
  • Punter Southall

Winner: Aon Hewitt


Multi-employer DC provider          

  • L&G
  • Nest
  • The People's Pension 

Winner: The People's Pension

Communication specialist    

  • AHC
  • Capita
  • Barnett Waddingham

Winner: Capita


Covenant review provider   

  • Aon Hewitt
  • Lincoln Pensions
  • PwC

Winner: Lincoln Pensions


Derisking consultant (buyout, buy-in, longevity swaps)   

  • Aon Hewitt
  • LCP
  • Mercer

Winner: LCP


DC investment provider      

  • Legal & General Investment Management
  • Standard Life Investments
  • State Street Global Advisors

Winner: State Street Global Advisors


Derisking provider (buyout, buy-in, longevity swaps)

  • Pension Insurance Corporation
  • Legal & General
  • Rothesay Life

Winner: Pension Insurance Corporation


Fiduciary manager   

  • Aon Hewitt
  • P-Solve
  • SEI

Winner: Aon Hewitt


Investment consultancy       

  • Aon Hewitt
  • Barnett Waddingham
  • Gatemore Capital Management

Winner: Gatemore Capital Management


Independent trustee company         

  • Dalriada
  • Pan Group
  • PTL

Winner: Pan Group

Pensions administration software   

  • Aquila Heywood
  • Procentia
  • Veratta

Winner: Procentia

Pensions law firm     

  • Allen & Overy
  • CMS Cameron McKenna
  • Eversheds
  • Squire Patton Boggs

Winner: Squire Patton Boggs


Third-party administrator  

  • Barnett Waddingham
  • LCP
  • Royal Mail

Winner: Royal Mail



Pension And Investment Provider Awards Judging Methodology

Format: A panel of judges are picked by the editorial team based on their expertise within the industry, reflecting a spread of companies and groups.

There is a minimum of 10 judges including at least two from the editorial staff. Each category has at least two judges leading the other judges through the entries to test against the criteria.

Conflicts: Any judge that either comes from a company/organisation that has entered, or has competitors that have entered, a particular category must exclude themselves from the judging of that category.

Methodology: Once each lead judge has explained their top three, and other judges have fed in their views, the panel as a whole debates the entries and decides the shortlist and the winner.

All judging is done on the basis of criteria, but judges are allowed to take into account their own experience of entrants’ products and services.

For the Industry Champion award, the winner will be decided by the judges based on the submissions received, led by the Pensions Expert editorial team.

This debate will focus on the work done in the interest of savers, schemes or providers by the individual concerned.



SCHEME SERVICES                

  • Lesley Carline - KGC Associates
  • Paul Charles - Isinglass Consulting
  • Simon Cohen - Spence & Partners / Dalriada
  • Robin Ellison - Pinsent Masons
  • Peter Ford – Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Jeanette Holland - Baker & McKenzie
  • Simon Kew - Deloitte
  • Ian McQuade - Muse Advisory
  • Darren Philp - B&CE
  • Malcolm Small - Retirement Income Alliance
  • Neil Smith - CMS


  • David Bennett - Redington
  • Des Hogan - Aquilaheywood
  • Guy Hopgood - JLT
  • Alexandra Martinez - bfinance
  • James Meenan – JNM Research
  • John Nestor - Independent Consultant 
  • Jonathan Parker - Jonathan Parker Consulting
  • Giles Payne - HR Trustees
  • James Ray - Twelve Capital
  • Bobby Riddaway - Capita
  • Dean Wetton - Dean Wetton Advisory


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Organisers (2)

Pensions Expert is the Financial Times' specialist title for UK workplace pension schemes. It is the authoritative source of information on how these schemes and their sponsoring employers are working together to provide their members with an adequate retirement income.

Our case studies, news analysis and informed comment provide trustees, management teams and their providers with timely, practical information to inform their day-to-day jobs.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Champagne Reception Sponsor (1)

BMO Global Asset Management is a worldwide investment manager with a focus on understanding and meeting our clients’ needs and objectives. Today, we offer an established range of global investment capabilities and solutions including Liability Driven Investment, Active Fixed Income, Specialist Equity, Property, ESG, and Alternative strategies including Risk Premia. To this we add the defined expertise of five investment boutiques: BMO Real Estate Partners, LGM, Monegy, Pyrford International and Taplin, Canida & Habacht.

BMO Global Asset Management has more than 1,500 employees and manages over £185 billion in assets. We have four investment centres in London, Chicago, Toronto and Hong Kong, and more than 25 offices in 14 countries worldwide (all as at 31 January 2017).

BMO Global Asset Management is part of BMO Financial Group, a highly diversified financial services provider established in 1817 as the Bank of Montreal and now celebrating 200 years of operation. Based in North America, BMO Financial Group consists of 46,000+ employees and has CAN$688 billion in assets (as at 31 October 2016).


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Pensions Expert - Editorial Team