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The Pensions and Investment Provider Awards celebrate the companies contributing to a better retirement for today's occupational pension savers.

Winners and those shortlisted for these prestigious awards, now in their 21st year, are picked because they have achieved outstanding performance, upheld the highest standards of service to their clients, and driven the innovation necessary to keep the industry moving forward.

Entries are heavily scrutinised by an experienced panel of pensions industry leaders, ensuring that the PIPAs are a mark of excellence informing the choices made by UK occupational schemes. Winners are named at a prestigious event in Central London in May.

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14th May 2020
6.15pm

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel
London

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Winners 2019


    Independent Trustee Company of the Year


  • 2020 Trustees

    Pensions Law Firm of the Year


  • CMS

    Actuarial Consultant of the Year


  • LCP

    Investment Consultant of the Year


  • LCP

    Employee Benefits Consultant of the Year


  • LCP

    Covenant Review Provider of the Year


  • PwC

    Derisking Consultant of the Year


  • LCP

    Multi-Employer DC Provider of the Year


  • B&CE, provider of The People’s Pension

    DC Investment Provider of the Year


  • Legal & General Investment Management

    Derisking Provider of the Year


  • Legal & General

    Fiduciary Manager of the Year


  • Legal & General Investment Management

    Third-Party Administrator of the Year


  • Trafalgar House

    Educational Initiative of the Year


  • Squire Patton Boggs

    Financial Services PR of the Year


  • KBPR

    Communications Specialist of the Year


  • Quietroom

    Technology Services of the Year


  • Smart Pension

    DC Innovation of the Year


  • Quietroom

    Active Global Equities Manager of the Year


  • Vontobel Asset Management

    Emerging Market Equities Manager of the Year


  • Hermes Investment Management

    UK Fixed Income Manager of the Year


  • Insight Investment

    Global Multi-Asset Credit Manager of the Year


  • PGIM Fixed Income

    LDI Manager of the Year


  • BMO Global Asset Management

    High-Yield Bonds Manager of the Year


  • Insight Investment

    Emerging Market Debt Manager of the Year


  • Ashmore

    Multi-Asset Funds Manager of the Year


  • Gatemore Capital Management

    Alternatives Manager of the Year


  • Darwin Property Investment Management

    Infrastructure Manager of the Year


  • Pantheon

    Currency Manager of the Year


  • Millennium Global Investments

    UK Property Manager of the Year


  • AEW UK

    ESG/SRI Manager of the Year


  • Pantheon

    20 Years of Excellence in Investment Management


  • PGIM Fixed Income

    20 Years of Excellence in Defined Contribution


  • LCP

    20 Years of Excellence in Actuarial Advice


  • Aon

    20 Years of Excellence in Investment Advice


  • Aon

    20 Years of Excellence in Legal Advice


  • Eversheds Sutherland

    Industry Champion


  • Dr Christopher Sier

    Industry Champion


  • Margaret Snowdon OBE

Categories 2020


    Independent Trustee Company of the Year


  • This award celebrates those leading a growing sector of the pensions industry. Entrants should show clearly how they have helped clients achieve their goals and improved the quality of decision-making on boards to which they are appointed.

    Pensions Law Firm of the Year


  • A hotly contested award, this category recognises lawyers who provide their clients with unbeatable service, dependable advice and who can show how they have solved problems for clients.

    Actuarial Consultant of the Year


  • This category rewards companies who help their clients understand and navigate the complex world of defined benefit funding.

    Investment Consultant of the Year


  • Investment consultants are a key adviser for any pension scheme, supporting decision-makers to set and implement investment strategy. Entries should make reference to how advice and recommendations have contributed to their clients’ overall strategic objectives.

    Governance Adviser (inc stewardship) of the Year


  • This award will recognise companies helping trustee boards to improve their governance.

    Employee Benefits Consultant of the Year


  • Rewarding consultancies for the work they do to improve the overall financial health of the workforce, judges of this category will consider how advice has helped businesses achieve their HR goals.

    Covenant Review Provider of the Year


  • Covenant has become a crucial consideration in setting DB strategy, and successful entries will show how their advice links into the other pillars of integrated risk management.

    Derisking consultant of the Year


  • Celebrating the best and most innovative advice, this award recognises consultants that help schemes attract attention and competitive pricing in the competitive bulk annuity market. Advice relating to longevity swaps will also be considered.

    Multi-Employer DC Provider of the Year


  • Crossing the master trust and contract-based divide, successful entrants in this category should demonstrate an industry-leading proposition across investment, administration, and customer service.

    Derisking Provider (buyout, buy-in, longevity swaps and derisking) of the Year


  • With 2019 having seen records smashed in the bulk annuity market, this award recognises those who have developed solutions helping to meet the growing demand for derisking solutions.

    Fiduciary Manager of the Year


  • Fiduciary management has the potential to make pension schemes more nimble as investors. Entrants will be carefully examined on their performance, but should also show how they help clients meet their goals through service and innovation.

    Third-Party Administrator of the Year


  • In a sector that has been hit in parts by cost-cutting, this award champions those who deliver great value and quality services to clients, embracing technology and innovation.

    Educational Initiative of the Year


  • This award is open to providers of all types and also to pension schemes themselves, and focuses on communications and educational initiatives that have improved trustee and/or member understanding of pensions issues.

    Financial Services PR of the year


  • This category will reward the agency or in-house PR who has best promoted the views and experts of their company or clients in the year.

    Communications Specialist of the year


  • This award recognises the company that has helped schemes and employers communicate with their members and workforce about pensions and savings issues.

    Technology Services of the Year


  • Entrants to this category should show how their services have helped schemes or providers improve the situation of savers and pensioners in the UK.

    Retirement Income Provider of the Year


  • This award offers a chance to be recognised as a true innovator and high quality provider in the retirement product space. Open to contract-based and trust-based providers.

    Innovation of the Year


  • The shortlist for this award will be chosen by our panel of judges, based on the innovation section of entries to the other awards.

    Active UK Equities Manager of the Year


  • Rewarding the best stockpickers investing in UK listed companies, this category focuses on active managers.

    Active European Equities Manager of the Year


  • This category recognises the best managers investing in European listed equities.

    Active Global Equities Manager of the Year


  • This award focuses on managers of active funds that invest across several global markets.

    Emerging Market Equities Manager of the Year


  • This category rewards the best performance, innovation and service among managers picking stocks in the world’s emerging economies.

    Smart Beta Manager of the Year


  • Filling the space between active and passive strategies, the growth of factor-based investing has been a key development of the past decade. Entrants should show their commitment to continuing this innovation, alongside strong performance and service.

    UK Fixed Income Manager of the Year


  • This category is open to managers investing in UK fixed income instruments.

    Global Multi-Asset Credit Manager of the Year


  • This category invites entries from managers of global assets across various credit sub-asset classes, but these should clearly explain their relevance to UK pension fund investors.

    Passive Global Equity Manager of the Year


  • As the boom in passively managed funds continues unabated, entrants to this category should show how they continue to develop their strategies to help investors realise their goals.

    LDI Manager of the Year


  • Helping pension schemes hedge key risks, LDI has become part of the modern defined benefit investment arsenal. Submissions should follow the stated guidelines on performance, but may include additional metrics to show how they help achieve clients’ goals. Fiduciary managers will be considered for this award, but should clearly state whether schemes’ allocations to the strategy are managed in-house or by an external manager.

    High-Yield Bonds Manager of the Year


  • Open to managers specialising in any global markets, this award recognises strategies specialising in balancing risk and return in sub-investment grade fixed income.

    Emerging Market Debt Manager of the Year


  • This category focuses on managers of emerging market debt funds, available to UK pension schemes.

    Multi-Asset Funds (inc DGFs) Manager of the Year


  • Multi-asset funds are now a key component of many pension scheme strategies. Entrants’ performance data should follow our guidelines but may also include references to risk metrics.

    Alternatives Manager of the Year


  • Rewarding the best strategies outside of public equity and fixed income markets, this category is open to managers of any alternative asset sub-classes.

    Infrastructure Manager of the Year


  • This award focuses specifically on managers of infrastructure assets, using either debt or equity structures.

    Currency Manager of the Year


  • This category is open to entries from managers seeking to provide passive or dynamic hedging, through to active return-seeking funds. Entries should show clearly how the fund is managed to deliver these objectives.

    UK Property Manager of the Year


  • Managers focusing on UK property assets are invited to enter this award.

    Global Property Manager of the Year


  • This award recognises property managers investing across global markets.

    ESG/SRI Manager of the Year


  • A vital component of any fund manager’s risk management, successful entries in this category will demonstrate a truly integrated approach to environmental, social, and governance issues, with a market-leading approach to selection and stewardship of assets.

    ETF Manager of the Year


  • This award category is open to any manager offering exchange-traded funds to institutional clients.

    Hedge Fund Provider of the Year


  • Entries to this category should clearly explain how their hedge fund helps pension schemes meet their objectives, including suitable performance and risk metrics.

    DC Default Solution of the Year


  • This award seeks to celebrate the best offerings in the default fund space, which caters for over 90 per cent of defined contribution savers. It is open to both asset managers and pension schemes of all types, but judges will consider the extent to which a scheme has developed its solution itself.

    Clearglass Transparency Award of the Year

Venue

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London

Euston Rd
Kings Cross
London NW1 2AR

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Contact

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Pensions Expert Editorial Team pipa@ft.com