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Insurance, Investment and Asset Management

Managing Assets for Insurers UK 2019

Finding growth at a time of increasing uncertainty

London |
Speakers include:
Tamsin Abbey

Tamsin Abbey


Jérôme Jean Haegeli

Jérôme Jean Haegeli

Swiss Re

Lauren Smart

Lauren Smart

Trucost, part of S&P Global


In an increasingly unpredictable geopolitical climate and amid indications of slowing global economic growth and intensifying market volatility, insurance companies and their investment managers face ever-greater pressure to protect and sustain long-term returns, diversify portfolios and manage emerging risks. 

While major trends impacting the investment landscape will continue to influence strategy-- from rising interest rates and the changing outlook for yield across traditional and non-traditional asset classes, to the demand for integrating ESG factors into decision-making -- there are also concerns over future relations between the UK and the EU. What will be the implications for insurers? How will they be regulated, which operations will be affected, and how will they continue to serve their European clients?

Building on the success of the 2018 event, Managing Assets for Insurers, presented by Financial Times Live and MandateWire, will again gather leading investors from the insurance sector to discuss the most effective strategies to deliver growth -- at a time of growing economic, political and market uncertainty.

fallback Add to my Calendar 04/04/2019 12:00:0004/04/2019 18:30:00trueManaging Assets for Insurers UK 2019In an increasingly unpredictable geopolitical climate and amid indications of slowing global economic growth and intensifying market volatility, insurance companies and their investment managers face ever-greater pressure to protect and sustain long-term returns, diversify portfolios and manage emerging risks. While major trends impacting the investment landscape will continue to influence strategy-- from rising interest rates and the changing outlook for yield across traditional and non-traditional asset classes, to the demand for integrating ESG factors into decision-making -- there are also concerns over future relations between the UK and the EU. What will be the implications for insurers? How will they be regulated, which operations will be affected, and how will they continue to serve their European clients?Building on the success of the 2018 event, Managing Assets for Insurers, presented by Financial Times Live and MandateWire, will again gather leading investors from the insurance sector to discuss the most effective strategies to deliver growth -- at a time of growing economic, political and market uncertainty.Managing-Assets-for-Insurers-UK-2019b4802a8ba09e08965ce67c1f787652bcMM/DD/YYYY

Post Event videos

Ahead of the FT Managing Assets for Insurers Europe conference, Financial Times Insurance Correspondent, Oliver Ralph interviews Lauren Smart, Will Martindale and Hugh Savill, please click below for the videos:

Lauren Smart, Managing Director, Global Head Financial Institutions Business Trucost, part of S&P Global discusses how investors follow different approaches for ESG integration.

Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), Director of Policy and Research, Will Martindale highlights the gap between companies’ ESG commitments and true degree of implementation.

Hugh Savill, Director of Regulation, Association of British Insurers discusses how Brexit and rising illiquidity could affect insurance regulation.


2018 photos


2018 Testimonials

“This event was well constructed including P.C focus and benefited from experience of working with the prevailing reegulatory conditioners under Solvency 2.”

“A really useful event to discuss investment and risk management themes with peers and asset managers across Europe.”

“Concentrated discussion to refresh ideas in light of positioning currently.”



Tamsin Abbey

Tamsin Abbey

Partner, IFRS 17 UK Technical Lead

Tamsin Abbey is a partner in Deloitte’s Insurance Actuarial Practice with over 25 years of experience. She leads core actuarial support, including external and internal audit, Solvency II assurance and audits, validation and training. She is a regulatory and regulatory change specialist and is currently focused on the practical implementation of IFRS 17 and Solvency II.

Tamsin is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and holds a Life Chief Actuary and a With Profits Actuary practising certificate. She uses her regulatory subject matter expertise to support the full range of Deloitte’s actuarial work including Solvency II assurance, optimisation and validation, IFRS 17 impact studies, M&A, finance transformation and advisory work. Tamsin has been involved with the review of the governance of actuarial and risk functions under Solvency II for a number of firms.

Jérôme Jean Haegeli

Jérôme Jean Haegeli

Group Chief Economist
Swiss Re

As Group Chief Economist for Swiss Re, Jérôme is responsible for the economic and insurance market research. The economic research functions include the macro and interest rate forecasts and associated consulting services for the Group. He is also the Managing Editor of Sigma.

Previously he was Head of Investment Strategy at Group Asset Management, Swiss Re for nearly ten years. Prior to joining Swiss Re, he was appointed by the Swiss National Bank's Governing Board as the Diplomatic Advisor for Switzerland and their Temporary Alternate Executive Director at the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, and was a Senior Economist at the Swiss National Bank, UBS Warburg and Bank Julius Baer.

At the Institute of International Finance (IIF), he is a member of the Council of Asset and Investment Management (CAIM), the Principles Consultative Group, Market Monitoring and Sovereign Risk Committees. At the World Economic Forum, he is a member of the Global Future Council on New Economic Frontiers (previously member of Long-Term Investing Council) and chairs the efforts of the infrastructure working group at the European Financial Services Roundtable (EFR). He is also in the editorial board for the Geneva Association's Papers on Risk and Insurance.

Jérôme holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Basel, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University's Economic Department.

Lauren Smart

Lauren Smart

Managing Director, Global Head Financial Institutions Business
Trucost, part of S&P Global

Lauren is an expert in sustainable finance and over the last decade has advised leading fund managers, pension funds and banks globally on how to integrate climate change into decision making. Lauren leads Trucost’s financial institutions business, managing teams of research, delivery and business development specialists globally. She is a regular speaker, author and respected commentator on environmental finance issues – including speaking at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos. She is also a member of the Decision Maker Panel of the Bank of England.

Prior to joining Trucost, Lauren was a Senior Investment Associate in Global Equity Research at Putnam Investments specialising in fundamental equity analysis and a consultant at DFID (UK Department for International Development) working on the Millennium Development Goals, which preceded the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Lauren holds a BA (Hons) and MA from Cambridge University in Archaeology and Anthropology and an MSc in Anthropology and International Development from the London School of Economics.

Julian Adams

Julian Adams

Group Regulatory & Government Relations Director

At Prudential, Julian covers regulatory, compliance, policy and government issues globally, sitting on the Group Executive Committee. In this capacity he has frequent meetings with ministers, senior officials, and Central Bank Governors in countries across the world. He sits on the board of the Association of British Insurers, and led a new report for CityUK on the UK’s future regulatory landscape after Brexit. Julian has recently joined the board of Prudential’s new joint venture with Zenith Bank in Nigeria.

Julian joined Prudential in January 2015 after a career at the Bank of England, and the Financial Services Authority, with a senior role in banking supervision during the crisis, and then latterly as Executive Director of Insurance Supervision. In that time, Julian represented the UK on international insurance fora, including chairing the Financial Stability Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors and sitting on its Executive Committee, as well as being the UK’s board member on EIOPA and a member of its managing board.

Between 2014 and 2017 Julian sat on the CASS Building School’s Strategy and Advisory Board, working with the university’s senior team as they developed the business education offering for global students and interfacing with the private sector.

Sarah Donnelly

Sarah Donnelly

Head of Fixed Income Portfolio Construction

Based in Dublin, Sarah manages the Portfolio Construction team for Fixed Income, as well as acting Deputy to the Fixed Income Solutions team. Sarah is responsible for the development and management of overlay solutions, including the Amundi portable alpha investment process. She is a lead manager of the Euro Alpha Absolute Return Bond Strategy.

Sarah joined Amundi Asset Management (previously Pioneer Investments) in 2006 with an objective to develop a risk budgeting framework for fixed income strategies.

Sarah began her career in investments with Invesco Asset Management where she worked for four years as a Senior Risk Analyst in their London office. She holds a BSc degree in Physics from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Financial and Industrial Mathematics from Dublin City University. She is also FRM certified.

Atanas Christev

Atanas Christev

Head of Investment
Direct Line Group

Atanas joined Direct Line Group in 2012 to help establish and run the company’s investment function after its separation form RBS. Prior to joining Direct Line he managed global bond portfolios for the Kuwait Investment Office and Charles Taylor Investment Management. In 2000 he joined Fiduciary Trust (later part of Franklin Templeton) to set up the Euro High Yield Fund which he ran until 2006. Prior to that he was a proprietary trader at S-E-Banken.

After graduating from the European Business School in London in 1994 he worked as a fixed income analyst for ABN AMRO Hoare Govett

Ominder Dhillon

Ominder Dhillon

Global Head of Institutional Distribution
M&G Investments

Ominder Dhillon is Global Head of Institutional Distribution with responsibility for developing M&G’s institutional business across fixed income, equities, real estate and multi-asset strategies. He joined M&G in 2015 from investment boutique Impax Asset Management where he was responsible for global business development and client service.  Ominder began his career in 1991 and has worked for Fidelity International Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, John Morrell & Associates and Johnson Fry plc (later acquired by Legg Mason) within roles in investment consulting, portfolio management and business development. He holds a degree in Physics from the University of Kent.

Simon Gadd

Simon Gadd

Group Chief Risk Officer
Legal & General

Simon Gadd was appointed Chief Risk Officer of L&G Group in January 2013.  As Group CRO he heads risk oversight for all risk types within L&G risk framework, including prudential, operational and conduct risks. He provides advice to the Board and Executives on risk matters across the Group, including both UK and overseas operations, and sits on the Group Executive Committee and Group Risk Committee.

Simon has led several different businesses within the Legal & General group, including the Retail Protection business, Group Protection business and as MD of Annuities from 2006 - 2012. He qualified as an actuary in 1991 and roles undertaken at Legal & General since have included defined benefit pension valuation, various pricing and marketing roles, general management roles, and leadership of the pensions review. Simon holds a mathematics degree from Oxford University. 

Patrick Houweling

Patrick Houweling

Head Quant Credits

Patrick Houweling is Head Quant Credits with Robeco. He is responsible for research and implementation of Robeco’s factor credits strategies: Conservative Credits, Multi-Factor Credits and Multi-Factor High Yield. He is a portfolio manager in the Global Credit Team and a researcher in the Quantitative Research team. Prior to joining Robeco, Mr Houweling was employed at the Risk Management and Modeling department of Rabobank International. Mr. Houweling has published several articles in the academic finance literature, including the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Empirical Finance and the Financial Analysts Journal. He received a 2017 Graham and Dodd Award of Excellence for his article “Factor Investing in the Corporate Bond Market”. Mr Houweling holds a PhD in Finance as well as a Master's degree (cum laude) in Financial Econometrics, both from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Mr Houweling has been active in the industry since 1998.

Will Martindale

Will Martindale

Director of Policy and Research
Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Will Martindale is Director of Policy and Research at PRI, the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment. Will leads PRI’s global regulatory affairs and public policy programme, the flagship fiduciary duty project jointly with UNEP FI and the implementation of PRI’s sustainable financial system activities in national policy reform. Will has a background in banking, joining JPMorgan's graduate programme in June 2004. In September 2010, Will joined French bank, BNP Paribas, as a business manager for their credit trading desk. Will holds a MSC in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and a BSC in Maths from King’s College London.

Alexandre Mincier

Alexandre Mincier

Global Head of Insurance Solutions
Invesco Global Investment Solutions

Based in Paris, Alexandre Mincier is Global Head of Insurance Client Solutions Development with Invesco Global Investment Solutions. Prior to joining Invesco, Alexandre was Global CIO for HSBC Insurance overseeing a multi-asset portfolio of US$120bn worldwide covering ALM and investments and was a member of the insurance Executive Committee.

Between 2010 and 2015 Alexandre served as Global Head of Investment Solutions for AXA, covering Solvency II preparation, portfolio and ALM optimisation and market opportunities (including diversification in new asset classes and derivatives). In addition, he was responsible for the derivatives book and accounting of complex investment strategies (including derivatives with the objective to contain P&L volatility). In addition to insurance investments, Alexandre has experience of investment banking front office, managing the Long Term ALM desk and responsibility for credit quantitative structuring for Dexia, and cross-asset derivatives as head of variable annuities hedging desk for AXA. He started his career in signal processing research for Nokia in Finland.

Alexandre is an actuary and an associated member of the French Actuarial Institute. He holds a master’s degree in Finance and Actuarial Science from ENSAE Paris, as well as a master’s degree in Telecommunications from ENST Paris.

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, Heneg 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. 

Bruce  Porteous

Bruce Porteous

Global Insurance – Investment Director
Aberdeen Standard Investment

Bruce is currently an Investment Director developing Aberdeen Standard Investment's global insurance business.

He is an executive with broad financial services experience including corporate finance, international business development, especially the Indian insurance business HDFC Standard Life and Indian strategic investments. He has risk management and insurance/banking regulatory development experience, including chairing the Association of British Insurer’s Solvency II Committee through Solvency II implementation.

A graduate of Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities, he is a UK and Indian actuary, a Council Member of the UK profession and has co-authored a highly regarded book on economic capital that has been translated into Mandarin and commonly used in China.

Hugh  Savill

Hugh Savill

Director of Regulation
Association of British Insurers (ABI)

Mr Savill is Director of Regulation at the ABI, with accountability for relations between the insurance industry and the Bank of England on prudential regulation, for relations with the Financial Conduct Authority on conduct regulation, and also for taxation issues affecting insurers.

He sits on the Executive Committee of the ABI, and reports through the Prudential, Finance and Tax Committee to the ABI Board. At the ABI he has held a number of Assistant Director roles, covering EU and international affairs, UK public affairs, and ABI member relations and events. He was temporary Director of Investment Affairs for 18 months before moving into his current role in 2012.

He joined the ABI in 2005 from the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), now the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. In 20 years at the DTI, Hugh worked on the finance and governance of the Department, faced off to the Scott Inquiry into the sale of arms to Iraq, and specialised in the negotiation of EU regulation.

He is a well-known insurance lobbyist at European and International level, member of the ECOFIN Committee of Insurance Europe, and chairs the Capital Task Force of the Global Federation of insurance Associations.

He was educated at Harrow School, and read Modern Languages at New College, Oxford University.

Jens  Vanbrabant

Jens Vanbrabant

Senior Portfolio Manager, Head of High Yield and European Loans
Wells Fargo Asset Management

Jens Vanbrabant is a senior portfolio manager and Head of High Yield and European Loans for the Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) Credit Europe team. He joined the firm in 2007. He has served as a portfolio manager responsible for team’s corporate investment grade and high yield credit risk before becoming a lead portfolio manager of WFAM Credit Europe’s Multi-Asset Credit portfolios, which included significant allocations to loans and high yield. Mr Vanbrabant, who has more than 15 years of portfolio and risk management experience, was previously at J.P. Morgan, where he was a credit research analyst responsible for the firm’s industrials loan exposure in the Credit Portfolio Group. He began his investment career in 1999.  He has a master’s of laws degree from King's College London and a law degree from University of Leuven in Belgium. He has earned the right to use the CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Society of the U.K.



Henry Smith

Henry Smith

Global 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 - 4th Apr

  • 12:00pm
    Registration and networking lunch
  • 1:00pm
    Opening remarks

    Henry Smith, Global Editor, Analysis section, MandateWire

  • 1:05pm
    Keynote interview: The outlook for the insurance sector

    ● Brexit continues to be one of the key concerns of investors in the UK, while apprehension surrounding global developments such as US-China trade tensions, European political uncertainty and the end of quantitative easing in the US and Europe is setting the tone for investments in 2019. How are these geopolitical factors affecting the insurance and asset management industries?

    ● With weak growth projected across the UK and EU, what are the new growth recipes for the insurance industry? What are the main opportunities and challenges for investment?

    ● In which areas do insurers expect to see increasing risk levels in 2019? Despite the need to secure high returns, will insurers become more risk-averse?

    ● Do interest rates have the potential to rise faster than expected? Are insurers prepared for this change?

    Jérôme Jean Haegeli , Chief Economist, Swiss Re

    Interviewed by Oliver Ralph, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 1:35pm

    Patrick Houweling, Head Quant Credits, Robeco

  • 2:00pm
    Asset class debate and circular dialogues

    Get the latest expert insights on fixed income, equity and alternative asset classes including private debt, real estate and infrastructure, and learn what is driving investors to choose between passive and active strategies.

    ‘Illiquid assets - The new investments frontier’ by Alexandre Mincier, Global Head of Insurance Solutions, Invesco

    ‘The power of listening to clients and their ideas’ by Dr Bruce Porteous, Global Insurance – Investment Director, Aberdeen Standard Investments

    ‘European loans’ by Jens Vanbrabant, Senior Portfolio Manager, Head of High Yield and European Loans, Wells Fargo Asset Management

    Brief presentations on different asset classes will be followed by moderated discussion.


    • How will insurers’ asset allocation look like in the year ahead?
    • What is the outlook for yield in traditional and non-traditional asset classes? 
    • Illiquid assets have been on the rise so far. However, as interest rates are expected to rise, will insurers shift their investments back towards liquid assets?
    • The desire to balance risk and return often makes insurance investors more short-termist. How will giving more weight to short-term investments change insurers’ portfolios?
    • The volatility in sterling and the euro remains a key concern for asset managers. How can insurers heavily invested in sterling diversify their portfolios? Can emerging market currencies be a safe haven?

    Joined by Sarah Donnelly, Head of Fixed Income Portfolio Construction, Amundi

    Moderated by Henry Smith, Global Editor, Analysis section, MandateWire

    Speakers will then join delegates at tables to reflect on and discuss what they have just heard.

  • 3:10pm
    Refreshment break
  • 3:40pm
    Presentation: Evolution of fixed income portfolios under Solvency II

    Heneg Parthenay, Head of Insurance, Insight Investment

  • 4:05pm
    Panel: Making sustainable investment work

    What kind of disclosures and data do investors need when they are evaluating ESG indices? How can reliable and standardised data sources for ESG reviews be created?

    ● How can regulators, governments and other stakeholders work together to promote widespread action from investors on ESG issues?

    ● With concerns about climate change and greenhouse gases on the rise, do investors mostly put their attention into E (Environmental) factors? Do S and G(Social and Governance) factors get enough weight in their portfolios?

    ● Which stage of the investment life cycle has the most opportunity for creating sustainable value?

    ● To date, equities have received the majority of attention and engagement from investors. Can other asset classes become the new normal for responsible investing?

    ● Investors who focus on companies with the best ESG scores may find their investments overweight in some industries and underweight in others. How do they diversify their portfolios? How do insurers select which ESG indices to track and benchmark on? How do those indices add value to their investment strategies?

    Atanas Christev, Head of Investment, Direct Line Group

    Ominder Dhillon, Global Head of Institutional Distribution, M&G Investments

    Will Martindale, Director of Policy and Research, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

    Lauren Smart, Managing Director, Global Head Financial Institutions Business, Trucost, part of S&P Global

    Moderated by Henry Smith, Global Editor, Analysis section, MandateWire

  • 4:50pm
    Panel: Assessing regulatory changes

    ● Depending on the final terms of Brexit, if the UK becomes a rule-taker from the EU how will this affect the insurance sector?

    ● In the event of a no-deal Brexit, will UK insurers -- who have been critical of Solvency II - continue to comply with it or look for alternative regulatory standa rds? How will capital requirements be affected?  How can authorities develop a business-friendly jurisdiction for the London insurance market?

    ● Will Brussels continue to recognise the UK regulatory regime as equivalent even as differences in rules inevitably emerge? If there is no enhanced equivalence model and financial passporting how will the UK financial sector access European markets?

    ● What other regulatory issues are a concern for insurers?

    Julian Adams, Group Regulatory & Government Relations Director, Prudential

    Simon Gadd, Group Chief Risk Officer, Legal and General

    Hugh Savill, Director of Regulation, Association of British Insurers (ABI)

    Tamsin AbbeyIFRS 17 UK Technical Lead, Partner, Deloitte

    Moderated by Oliver Ralph, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:30pm
    Closing remarks

    Moderated by Oliver Ralph, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 5:35pm
    Networking drinks


This event is free to attend for professionals representing insurance firms with job titles including: 

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

A limited number of paying places are available to senior representatives of professional service firms, asset managements, fund management, technology, payments companies and business consultancies to purchase here.



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    Available for senior representatives from consultancies and other professional service firms.£3000 +VAT
  • Complimentary Tickets:
    Reserved exclusively for senior representatives from insurance companies, retail banking insurance providers and insurance regulator:
    Apply for your complimentary place


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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.

MandateWire is a leading source of institutional asset management intelligence. It’s a financial information database delivering high-value sales intelligence, market data and analysis to the European, North American and Asian institutional investment market. By leveraging close relationships with many leading global institutional investors, MandateWire provides fund managers, investment banks and specialist investment houses with well-timed and credible intelligence on investor strategies and business opportunities.

With a particular focus on hard-to-find private information, MandateWire is a proven sales and business development tool providing reports on confirmed and forthcoming tenders, as well as analysis of market trends and finalised deals. Our database holds key contact details for over 20,400 institutional investors, with a combined known worth of over $76tn in 2017.

With MandateWire, you can extract reports on a single investor, on particular consultants and managers, or institutional investors around the world. Search results can also be split into equities, fixed income and alternatives, so you can view activity in those asset classes. We have skilled, multi-lingual journalists and researchers based in London, New York, Hong Kong and Manila. Engaging with investors in their native language, they focus on relationship-building within their specific market: this leads to unique and dependable institutional intelligence.

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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.

Sustainable Partner (1)

Robeco is a pure play international asset manager founded in 1929. It currently has 17 offices worldwide and is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Through its unique integration of fundamental, sustainable and quantitative research, Robeco is able to offer both institutional and private investors an extensive selection of active investment strategies, covering a broad range of asset classes. As at 30 June 2019, Robeco had EUR 186 billion in assets under management, 74% of which were institutional. Robeco is a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation Europe N.V. which had assets under management of EUR 298 billion as at 30 June 2019.


As an active owner Robeco engages with companies on plastic and waste management. It is proud to be the Sustainability Investing Partner of City to Sea, subscribing to their mission to prevent marine plastic pollution at source. As the supporting partner of their Refill Campaign – designed to promote the use of refillable bottles - Robeco will be offering reusable water bottles and free refills for the Insurers conference delegates.


Learn more about Robeco and the Refill project at

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Aberdeen Standard Investments is a leading global asset manager dedicated to helping investors around the world reach their desired investment goals and broaden their financial horizons.

We provide expertise across a breadth of markets, asset classes and investment approaches. Approximately 1,000 dedicated investment professionals are located globally, close to our clients and the markets where we invest. Additionally, 500 client specialists work closely with investors and advisors to understand our clients’ needs and deliver world class investment solutions.

As at 31 December 2017, we manage €649 billion (£576 bn/US$779bn) on behalf of governments, pension funds, insurers, companies, charities, foundations and individuals in 80 countries. 

Aberdeen Standard Investments is a brand of the investment businesses of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life Investments.

Wells Fargo Asset Management strives to help our clients achieve their financial goals through top-tier investment solutions managed by specialised investment teams and backed by superior, collaborative service. Wells Fargo Asset Management, with an AUM of more than $483B*, offers a strategic balance of asset managers, each of which is recognised for its distinct area of investment expertise, time-tested investment process and track record of meeting investors’ expectations.

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Amundi is one of the world’s leading asset managers with GBP 1.3 trillion in AUM, including GBP 432 billion for over 150 group and external insurers worldwide.

Amundi has been serving insurance clients in the UK for over 30 years. The team has a strong track record of running portfolios for insurers which prioritise meeting the regulatory restrictions of Solvency II and other regulators, and providing tailor made reporting requirements (with full look through) to clients. 

Amundi’s insurance expertise draw on a dedicated insurance business team, with specialist local UK insurance client and relationship management. The insurance teams span across three locations, the UK & France and Italy, providing a full breath of investment solutions, ranging from bespoke asset solutions to core and liability matching fixed income.

M&G Investments is the European asset management arm of Prudential plc, operating in the UK, Europe and Asia. As a trusted partner, our clients’ individual needs are at the heart of our business. We align our interests with those of our clients and develop value-based strategies to generate strong and consistent returns. Our goal is to help our clients meet their long-term liabilities regardless of the market environment.

With £278 billion* of assets under management (including £120 billion* on behalf of Prudential) across fixed income, equities, real estate and multi-asset strategies, and around 450* investment professionals (including what we believe to be one of Europe’s largest credit research teams), we have the scale and expertise to offer tailored investment solutions across a wide range of risk and return requirements.

M&G is an active investor – both in terms of how we manage our assets, and how we innovate and develop our offering to ensure that we continue to meet evolving investor requirements. 

* As at September 2018

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Neuberger Berman was founded in 1939 to do one thing: deliver compelling investment results for our clients over the long term. This remains our singular purpose today, driven by a culture rooted in deep fundamental research, the pursuit of investment insight and continuous innovation on behalf of clients, and facilitated by the free exchange of ideas across the organization.

As a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager, Neuberger Berman is structurally aligned with the long-term interests of our clients. We have no external parent or public shareholders to serve, nor other lines of business to distract us from our core mission. And with our employees and their families invested alongside our clients—plus 100% of employee deferred cash compensation directly linked to team and firm strategies—we are truly in this together.

From offices in 33 cities worldwide, Neuberger Berman manages a range of equity, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund strategies on behalf of institutions, advisors and individual investors worldwide. With more than 500 investment professionals and more than 2,000 employees in total, Neuberger Berman has built a diverse team of individuals united in their commitment to client outcomes and investment excellence. Our culture has afforded us enviable retention rates among our senior investment staff and has earned us citations in the top-ranked firms (among those with 1,000 or more employees) in the Pensions & Investments “Best Places to Work in Money Management” survey each year since 2013.

Royal London Asset Management is a UK asset management company, investing across all major asset classes.  RLAM manages over £113.6 billion of assets (at 31/12/17), 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. 

An Interview with Oliver Ralph, Insurance Correspondent, Financial Times

Ahead of the FT Managing Assets for Insurers Europe conference, Financial Times Insurance Correspondent, Oliver Ralph interviews Lauren Smart, Will Martindale and Hugh Savill, please click below for the videos:

Lauren Smart, Managing Director, Global Head Financial Institutions Business Trucost, part of S&P Global discusses how investors follow different approaches for ESG integration.

Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), Director of Policy and Research, Will Martindale highlights the gap between companies’ ESG commitments and true degree of implementation.

Hugh Savill, Director of Regulation, Association of British Insurers discusses how Brexit and rising illiquidity could affect insurance regulation.



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