International pensions magazine, Global Pensions, hosted the inaugural European Pensions awards in Brussels last week.
Nominees for the 16 categories were judged by a panel of five including Anthony Ashton, partner and head of investment consulting practice at Bacon & Woodrow in the UK; Gino Pfister, director of Novartis AG in Switzerland; chief executive officer of the Philips Pension Fund in the Netherlands, Dick Snijders; Erik Veedfald, chief investment officer of the Danish Lawyers’ and Economists’ pension fund; and chief investment officer and joint deputy chief executive of UK's Hermes Pensions Management, Tony Watson.
Category winners were:
- Property adviser: LaSalle Investment Management- Communications specialist: Triskel Communications- Pensions plan administrator: William M Mercer- Pooled manager: Invesco- Pension scheme accountants: PricewaterhouseCoopers- Fixed income manager: Pimco Europe- Pensions lawyers: Linklaters & Alliance - Balanced manager: Morgan Stanley Investment Management- Specialist manager: AXA Rosenberg Investment Management- Marketing initiative: Schroder Salomon Smith Barney - Custodian: JP Morgan Investor Services - Investment consultants: Watson Wyatt- Hedge fund manager: State Street Global Advisors - Currency manager: AG Bisset & Co- Multi-manager: Frank Russell Company- Pensions and benefits consultants: William M Mercer
By Madhu Kalia
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