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Insurance, Finance, Investment and Asset Management

Managing Assets for Insurers UK

Finding Returns in Uncertain Times

London |
Speakers include:
Amanda Blanc

Amanda Blanc

AXA UK & Ireland

Guillermo Donadini

Guillermo Donadini

AIG Europe

Ed Collinge

Ed Collinge



Financial Times Live and MandateWire present the Managing Assets for Insurers half day conference in London. With a changeable global economic outlook the agenda shall explore insurers investment insights on managing volatility and delivery returns through asset diversification. 

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Full Overview

Although the global economy is strengthening, the UK economy faces an uncertain future. Brexit negotiations, the US and an unpredictable geopolitical climate mean that disruption to markets could be just around the corner. With interest rates starting to rise and inflation expected to continue on an upward path, insurers must consider changing their portfolios to suit the evolving environment.

As attitudes to risk and return change, insurers are shifting their allocations towards non-traditional asset classes such as property, infrastructure and private equity. In the current environment, what is the outlook for yield across the spectrum of asset classes?  Which has the best investment potential and what are the most effective strategies to boost returns? How can insurers weather economic uncertainties while managing portfolios in a way that maximises yield and manages risk appropriately? Is there yield in diversity?

Financial Times Live and MandateWire present the Managing Assets for Insurers half day conference in London. With a changeable global economic outlook the agenda shall explore insurers investment insights on managing volatility and delivery returns through asset diversification.


Keynote (1)

Amanda Blanc

Amanda Blanc

Group CEO
AXA UK & Ireland

Amanda Blanc was appointed Group Chief Executive from 1st July 2016 having been CEO, AXA Insurance UK & Ireland since January 2016. She joined the Board in March 2011 and appointed CEO, AXA Insurance Commercial Lines.

This is her second career within AXA where she previously held various leadership roles in the Commercial Lines business from 1999 to 2003.Ms Blanc rejoined AXA UK in 2011 from The Towergate Partnership, where she was Deputy Group CEO, with responsibility for the leadership of Towergate’s retail broking business. She has also held senior positions at Groupama, Commercial Union and Ernst & Young.

She sits on AXA’s Global Property and Casualty Board and leads AXA’s Global SME initiative. She is a member of the Board of the Association of British Insurers, Chairs the Insurance Fraud Bureau and was President of the Chartered Insurance Institute in 2013. She is currently Chair of the General Insurance Council of Association of British Insurers. She has an MBA obtained from Leeds Business School.

Speakers (5)

Guillermo Donadini

Guillermo Donadini

Chief Investment Officer
AIG Europe

Mr Donadini is responsible for developing strategic asset allocation and managing investment portfolios for AIG in Asia Pacific, EMEA and Latin America and he is also the Chief Investment Officer for AIG Europe Limited. He held responsibilities within AIG as Chief Investment Officer for Japan and Latin America, in both cases actively engaged in developing investment strategies for the property and casualty, life and pensions investment portfolios. He has been also Chief Investment Officer in Colombia and Argentina. Prior to AIG, Mr Donadini worked for MetLife Investments Ltd. as Chief Investment Officer for Europe, Head Trader and Head of Research for ING Bank and as a Senior Investment Analyst at M&S Consulting, an Argentina based economic think tank. He received a BA in Economics from Buenos Aires University and a MA in Economics from Universidad Del Centro de Estudios Macroeconomicos de Argentina.

Ed Collinge

Ed Collinge

Head of UK Insurance

Based in London, Ed Collinge is responsible for building and maintaining insurance relationships in the UK. He also works closely with the teams across Europe, with emphasis on the Nordic and Benelux regions. Mr Collinge has more than 17 years’ experience in the insurance industry and most recently was an Executive Director within JP Morgan Asset Management’s Global Insurance Solutions business where he was responsible for UK insurance origination and additionally covered Nordic, Irish and South African insurance companies. His previous experience includes being Head of Capital Management for Legal & General’s annuity business and he was a senior member of Lehman Brothers Insurance Capital Markets team.

Invesco is one of the UK’s leading independent asset managers, supporting insurance companies, local authority and corporate pension schemes and other UK institutions. We’re recognised for providing diversified strategies and solutions spanning equities, fixed income, multi asset, real estate, private equity and other alternatives. While clients choose Invesco for many reasons, our high conviction style, passion to exceed and commitment to providing a superior investment experience underpins everything we do. As part of Invesco Ltd. we have the global capability needed to deliver our best ideas to investors around the world.

Jayne Styles

Jayne Styles

Chief Investment Officer
MS Amlin

Jayne Styles has a wealth of financial services experience.  She has been MS Amlin’s Chief Investment Officer since 2002, where she directs investment: strategy, governance and operations for their market leading £6bn plus global multi-asset, multi-manager portfolios.  She is a member of the Group Oversight Committee that develops and oversees corporate strategy for the MS Amlin Group.  A member of the Japanese MS&AD Insurance Group, MS Amlin is a global specialist insurance and reinsurance underwriting company that, whilst domiciled in the UK, has a number of overseas operating subsidiaries. 

Prior to joining Amlin, Ms Styles worked as an independent management consultant advising a number of blue chip companies, whilst completing an Executive MBA at Cranfield. She was previously Head of International Equities at Halifax Fund Management Limited. She is also a non-executive director for the FTSE100 investment management services company Hargreaves Lansdown plc and a member of the Corporation of Lloyd’s Investment Committee. She is an Associate of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of the UK, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, as well as a qualified Executive Coach.

Heneg Parthenay

Heneg Parthenay

Head of Insurance
Insight Investment

Heneg Parthenay joined Insight in January 2015, as Head of Insurance. Before joining Insight, he was Head of Insurance at BNY Mellon Investment Management EMEA Limited. He also sat on BNY IM EMEA’s executive committee. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, he spent eight years at Aviva, holding a range of corporate development and capital management positions. His last assignment at Aviva was on the executive committee of their global asset management arm as M&A and Strategy Director. Prior to joining Aviva, Mr Parthenay worked in the Insurance Division of Renault and was asset liability manager for the Global Corporate Insurance Division of AXA. He holds a Masters in Finance, Banking and Insurance and a Masters in Risk Management from Paris Dauphine University. He also holds a Masters in Actuarial Science and is a Fellow of the French Institute of Actuaries. In addition, he holds his Series 3 licence and is an Associated Person with the National Futures Association.

Kokou Agbo-Bloua

Kokou Agbo-Bloua

Global Head of Flow Strategy & Solution Financial Engineering
Societe Generale

Kokou Agbo-Bloua leads a global team of 20 financial engineers focused on the generation of differentiated trade ideas, unique implementations and hedging solutions across asset classes for hedge funds, global macro, asset managers and institutions.
He joined Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking in 2014 and was most recently Head of Equity & Derivative Strategy Europe at BNPP in London for 4 years, where he was responsible for European fundamental equity strategy, derivatives parameters, global cross-asset themes and convertible bonds strategy. Prior to this, he started his career on the trading side: Executive Director at JP Morgan from 2009 to 2010 and between 2000 and 2008 he was a portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs Principal Strategies (GSPS). He managed directional long/short, convertible bonds and volatility portfolios across asset classes. 
Born in Togo and educated in China, where he spent 12 years of his life, Kokou Agbo-Bloua graduated with an MSc in Management from HEC School of Management in Paris in 2002, and completed his post-graduate studies in Finance at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.


Chair and Moderator (2)

Henry Smith

Henry Smith

Editor, Analysis Section

Henry Smith’s career at the Financial Times Group began in 1997 as a reporter on Offshore Financial Review. From 1999, he was features editor and subsequently editor of FT Mandate, a global institutional investment publication. In 2011, he was instrumental in the launch of the Analysis section of MandateWire, a digital institutional investment intelligence service for asset managers around the world.

Oliver  Ralph

Oliver Ralph

Insurance Correspondent
Financial Times

Oliver Ralph is the Insurance Correspondent at the Financial Times. Prior to this Mr Ralph was Deputy Head of Lex since 2014, specialising in banking, finance and consumer. He has also been a Lex writer and, prior to this, the FT UK Companies Editor. He joined the Financial Times in 2009, having worked at Investors Chronicle from 2000 to 2009 and Euromoney from 1998 to 2000. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1996.

Agenda - 18th Apr

  • 8:30am
    Registration and networking
  • 9:00am
    Chair's opening remarks
  • 9:10am
    Conversation with the FT – Brexit and Beyond
    • How are the current geopolitical issues affecting the insurance industry?
    • What will influence insurers’ asset allocation in the year ahead?
    • What are the main opportunities and challenges for investment?
    • What are new insurance industry growth ingredients?

    Amanda Blanc, Group CEO, AXA UK & Ireland

  • 9:40am
    Panel – Diverging monetary policies and their effect on investment markets
    • With the Bank of England starting to raise interest rates what are the implications for investment markets? How can insurers stay ahead of the curve?
    • How can insurers adapt their portfolios to deal with the uncertain geopolitical climate of today?
    • What are the key forces at play in asset allocation and portfolio construction and how will they evolve as the interest rate environment changes? 
    • Will low and negative yields persist as rates rise?
    • How important is inflation protection?

    Guillermo Donadini, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer, Asia Pacific, Europe and Japan, AIG

    Jayne Styles, Chief Investment Officer, MS Amlin

    Heneg Parthenay, Head of Insurance Investment, Insight Investment

  • 10:30am
    Presentation: Sponsor slot – A look at the growth of illiquid assets in insurers' portfolios
  • 10:50am
    Refreshment break
  • 11:20am
    Presentation : Sponsor slot - The fragility of cross-asset correlations at the dusk of the business cycle

    Kokou Agbo-Bloua, Global Head of Flow Strategy & Solution, Financial Engineering, Societe Generale

  • 11:35am
    Presentations, interviews and findings– Asset class debate

    Get the latest expert insights on fixed income, equity and alternative investing including private equity, real estate and infrastructure, and learn what is driving investors to choose between passive and active strategies. What is the outlook for yield across the spectrum of traditional and non-traditional asset classes? Which asset classes will deliver in 2018?

    Ed Collinge, Head of UK Insurance, Invesco

  • 12:35pm
    Interview – Private Debt

    As private debt becomes a more attractive proposition in investors search for yield we discuss the asset class with a key insurer.

  • 12:55pm
    Chair's closing remarks
  • 1:00pm
    Networking lunch

Who Attends?

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years. 

This event has been produced to meet the needs of the following professionals in the insurance sector: 

  • Chief Investment Officers
  • Chief Risk Officers
  • Heads of Asset Liability Management
  • Heads of Capital Management
  • Heads of Asset Allocation
  • Members of investment committees 

A limited number of paying places, priced at £1,399 per delegate, will be made available to senior representatives of professional service firms, asset managements, fund management, technology, payments companies and business consultancies.



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Complimentary Tickets 

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Presented by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

Platinum Sponsors (2)

At the core of Societe Generale’s universal banking business model, the Corporate & Investment Bank is a well-diversified and leading player with nearly 12 000 professionals present in more than 31 countries across Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.

Standing by its clients across sectors, the Corporate & Investment Bank tailors solutions for them by capitalising on its worldwide expertise in investment banking, global finance, and global markets.

For Corporates, Financial Institutions and Public Sector: providing a global advisory approach (M&A, debt, equity transaction, capital structure, and asset & liability management), as well as quality capital raising solutions across the debt and equity spectrum, optimised financing and expert risk management responses notably in the realm of foreign exchange and rates derivatives.

For Investors: offering reliable and sound investment opportunities and risk management solutions through its integrated global markets platform delivering seamless access to markets (equity, rates, credit, currencies, commodities and derivatives), as well as advice and solid financial engineering, quality of execution – both Agency and principal-, forward-looking research across asset classes, an industry-leading clearing proposition and prime brokerage services.

Aberdeen Standard Investments is a leading global asset manager dedicated to creating long-term value for clients. To achieve this, we offer a comprehensive range of investment capabilities, as well as the highest levels of service.

Overall, we manage £583 billion* on behalf of clients in 80 countries. In managing these assets, we employ over 1,000 investment professionals and provide client support from 50 client relationship offices globally.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments brand was created in connection with the merger of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC and Standard Life Plc on 14 August 2017 to form Standard Life Aberdeen plc. 

*Standard Life AUM/AUA data as at 30 June 2017, Aberdeen Asset Management AUM data as at 31 March 2017, all other data as at 30 June 2017.

Gold Sponsor (1)

Invesco is one of the UK’s leading independent asset managers, offering institutions diversified strategies and solutions spanning equities, fixed income, multi asset, real estate, private equity and other alternatives. We’re recognised for providing specialist investment expertise and insight across an ever-widening range of investment capabilities, supporting insurance companies, local authority and corporate pension schemes and other UK institutions. While clients choose Invesco for many reasons, our high conviction style, passion to exceed and commitment to providing a superior investment experience underpins everything we do.

Silver Sponsor (1)

Insight Investment has built a unique investment platform that delivers outcome-oriented investment solutions. Our clients are among the most sophisticated institutional investors in the world and include leading insurers, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and corporations. Our investment strategies include fixed income portfolios focusing on assets ranging from conventional sovereign and corporate bonds to emerging market debt and illiquid credit. Our strategies are designed to evolve dynamically to meet changing needs and stay ahead of market and regulatory developments.

Exhibitor Sponsor (1)

Royal London Asset Management is a UK asset management company, investing across all major asset classes.  RLAM manages over £111 billion of assets (at 30/9/17), split between equities, fixed income, multi asset investing, property and cash, with capabilities in sustainable investing. Products include funds and segregated accounts investing in government bonds, investment grade, high yield and unrated credit, equity income and equity growth across global developed markets, as well as UK property and cash and short-term money market instruments. Please note that the value of investments and the income from them is not guaranteed and may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

Media Sponsor (1)

Savvy Investor is a professional, knowledge network for fund management professionals all over the world. Savvy Investor curates the best investment white papers, including articles on investment marketing, reports on investment operations and white papers on insurance asset management. We also list a directory of the world’s best conferences for institutional investors. Over 25,000 members have registered to date; mainly investment managers, pension funds and investment consultants.
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