IPE Awards: ATP Is Europes Best Pension Fund

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ATP was named European Pension Fund of the Year at last night’s IPE Awards dinner in Copenhagen.

The top prize was one of six awards scooped by Denmark’s biggest pension fund, including for Long-Term Investment Strategy, another gold award category. 

The DKK934bn (€105bn) investor was also recognised for its work in emerging markets and innovation.

Accepting the main award, Bo Foged (pictured far right above) said, “I didn’t expect to receive this prize, but thank you to the jury and the audience and also the team at ATP who worked really hard this year.”

The UK’s Merseyside Pension Fund was also a multiple winner, taking home awards for climate-related risk management, credit and alternatives, and factor investing.

outstanding industry contribution

Christian Böhm receives the Outstanding Industry Contribution award from IPE editorial director Liam Kennedy

The Outstanding Industry Contribution award went to Christian Böhm, APK Pensionskasse’s chief executive officer.

A veteran of the Austrian and European pension fund industry, Böhm has led APK since its foundation in 1989. He is deputy chairman of the Austrian association of pension funds and sits on the board of PensionsEurope.

”The ultimate goal for us to achieve is to deliver the best for our beneficiaries. Thank you very much,” he said upon receiving his award.

Böhm has engaged on matters such as EIOPA’s pension fund stress tests and the European Commission’s proposed regulation on sustainable investment.

APG won Pension Fund Achievement of the Year for its GroeiFabriek (Growth Factory), which is the Dutch investor’s response to the need to innovate. It aims to stimulate the growth of new ideas from within APG and to build an ecosystem of continuous innovation.

The 2019 IPE Awards attracted more than 430 entries across 43 categories, with participating investors having €2trn in assets under management. Ninety one judges were involved in assessing entries.

Gold Awards  
European Pension Fund of the YearATP
Outstanding Industry ContributionChristian Böhm
Pension Fund Achievement of the YearAPG GroeiFabriek
Long-Term Investment StrategyATP
Silver Awards  
Corporate Pension FundPensions Caixa 30
Multi-Employer/Professional Pension FundAlecta
Public Pension FundBundespensionskasse
Small Pension FundStichting Calpam-Pensioenfonds
National / Sovereign FundATP
Active ManagementFjärde AP-fonden (AP4)
Passive ManagementFRR
Bronze Awards 
AlternativesIndustriens Pension
EquitiesBBVA Pensiones V and ERAFP                     
Fixed IncomeAlecta
Country / Regional Awards 
Austria APK Pensionskasse / APK Vorsorgekasse
BelgiumPensioenfonds KBC
Central & Eastern EuropeSwedbank Pension Plan
DenmarkATP and PensionDanmark
FranceAG2R La Mondiale
Germany (bAV)Telekom Pension Fund
Germany (Versorgungswerk)Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe
IrelandAccenture Defined Contribution Pension Plan
ItalyFondo Pensione Laborfonds
NetherlandsStichting Calpam-Pensioenfonds
PortugalOcidental Pensões
Small CountriesAlmenni Pension Fund
SpainPlan de Pensiones Nestlé
SwedenSwedish Pensions Agency
SwitzerlandCPEG, Caisse de prévoyance de l’Etat de Genève
United KingdomPension Protection Fund
Themed Awards 
Climate Related Risk ManagementMerseyside Pension Fund
CommoditiesHVB Pension Fund
Credit & AlternativesMerseyside Pension Fund
DC & Hybrid StrategiesAirbus
Emerging MarketsATP
ESGChurch Commissioners for England
Factor InvestingMerseyside Pension Fund
In-house Investment TeamFjärde AP-fonden (AP4)
Pensions Governance & AdministrationPensions Caixa 30
Portfolio Construction & DiversificationSEB Pension och Försäkring
Real Assets & InfrastructureBundespensionskasse
Real EstateChurch Commissioners for England
Risk Management FRR