Pension Protection Fund wins IPE’s Best European Pension Fund Award

first_imgPeter Borgdorff, director at PFZW and a veteran of the Dutch pensions industry, won the Gold Award for Pension Fund Personality of the Year, while Richard Balfe, chairman of the MEP Pension Fund for European parliamentarians, won the Outstanding Industry Contribution Award.Borgdorff said he was collecting his award on behalf of PFZW’s members – workers within the health and welfare sector – and stressed the importance of working on behalf of the beneficiaries.Balfe, meanwhile, said he was “very surprised and deeply honoured” to be collecting his Outstanding Industry Contribution Award.“My principle in all the things I’ve done in pensions over the years has been to remember that the basic duty of pension funds is to pay pensions to pensioners,” he told attendees at the dinner.“We must never forget that, were it not for the pensioners, we would have no job left at all.”British Steel Pension Fund landed the final Gold Award for Best Long-Term Investment Strategy.Other big winners on the night included the Belgacom Pension Fund, which won the Silver Award for Best Corporate Pension Fund and the Country Award for Belgium.The SEB Pension won the Bronze Award for Fixed Income and the Country Award for Denmark, while the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund in the UK won the Bronze Award for Alternatives and the Themed Award for Specialist Managers.Finland’s Etera Mutual Pension Insurance Company won Themed Awards for Emerging Markets and In-House Investment Team.The remaining Silver Awards went to Denmark’s Industriens Pension, which won Best Industry-wide Pension Fund, and Italy’s Fondo Pensione per gli Agenti Professionisti di Assicurazione, which won Best Small Pension Fund.NEST Corporation landed both the DC/Hybrid Strategy Award and the Risk Management Award.The final Bronze Award, for Equities Investment, went to Switzerland’s CERN Pension Fund. Themed Awards            Active Management: Bosch Pensionsfonds AGCommodities: Empleados de Telefónica de EspañaDC/Hybrid Strategy: NEST CorporationEmerging Markets: Etera Mutual Pension Insurance CompanyESG: IrcantecIn-house Team: Etera Mutual Pension Insurance CompanyInnovation: Danica PensionLDI: PKAPortfolio Construction: Fonditel AlfaReal Estate: PensionDanmarkRisk Management: NEST CorporationSmart Beta: Environment Agency Pension FundSpecialist Managers: Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund The full winners list for the 2013 IPE AwardsGold AwardsBest Long-Term Investment Strategy: British Steel Pension FundPension Fund Personality of the Year: Peter BorgdorffOutstanding Industry Contribution: Richard BalfeBest European Pension Fund: Pension Protection Fund Jean-François Pinçon of Amundi (left) and Martin Clarke of the PPF (right)Accepting the Gold Award for the Best European Pension Fund, the PPF’s executive director of financial risk Martin Clarke said the win was a “fantastic and tremendous” endorsement of the UK lifeboat fund’s work.“It’s great to recognise the asset owners of this industry, the ones who make the decisions, place the money and provide that link between the markets and the beneficiaries,” he added. Country Awards            Austria: fair-finance Vorsorgekasse AGBelgium: Belgacom Pension FundCEE: Swedbank Pension Investment Plan DinamikaDenmark: SEB PensionFinland: The State Pension Fund (VER)France: ERAFPGermany: Bosch Pensionsfonds AG and Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-LippeIreland: Accenture Defined Contribution Pension PlanItaly: LaborfondsNetherlands: PMTNorway: Oslo PensjonsforsikringPortugal: BPI Vida e PensõesSmall Countries: Frjálsi Pension Fund (Iceland)Spain: Caixa 30, FPSweden: SPK – Sparinstitutens PensionskassaSwitzerland: Lombard Odier Pension FundUK: Pension Protection Fundcenter_img Bronze Awards            Alternatives: Merchant Navy Officers Pension FundEquities: CERN Pension FundFixed Income: SEB Pension Silver Awards             Best Corporate Fund: Belgacom Pension FundBest Industry-wide Fund: Industriens PensionBest Public Fund: Pension Protection FundBest Small Fund: Fondo Pensione per gli Agenti Professionisti di Assicurazione The UK’s Pension Protection Fund was the standout winner at the 2013 IPE Awards in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, taking home the Gold Award for the Best European Pension Fund, the Silver Award for the Best Public Pension Fund and the Country Award for the UK.last_img