EUROPE - T. Rowe Price and Lane Clark & Peacock (LCP) have both announced expansion plans across Europe.
Andrew Marks, regional head for southern Europe, T. Rowe Price, said: "Spain is important for the global growth of T. Rowe Price. The institutional marketplace is developing and opportunities exist for groups with our credentials to partner with local players and provide the retail community with access to quality investment solutions."
LCP has merged with Dublin-based HLD Actuarial Consultants (HLD) to create Lane Clark & Peacock Ireland. The company said the deal, only a month after opening offices in the Netherlands, was an integral part of its expansion strategy.
David Lane, partner, LCO, said: "Establishing an LCP business in Ireland is an important part of our European expansion programme. There are major business opportunities in Ireland following the Irish government's recent launch of the Pension's Green Paper."
The newly formed subsidiary has retained HLD's former directors Martin Haugh, John Lynch and Conor Daly, to lead the company and has also appointed Declan Lavelle. LCP said the similarities between Irish and British pension systems made the firm well placed to establish itself in the Irish market.
A number of pension schemes have been prompted to lock in gains with a move into bonds after the estimated deficit across FTSE 100 DB pension schemes improved by £36bn, over the 12 months ending 30 June last year, JLT Employment Benefits found.
HM Treasury has agreed in principle to give NEST a £329m contingent liability guarantee in the event of the master trust's wind up or closure.
AMP Capital has set up a dedicated team to help institutional investors, including pension funds, invest in infrastructure through direct equity allocations.