Border to Coast Pensions Partnership has named its first three asset managers to oversee a circa £1.2bn UK equity portfolio.
The £46bn Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) pool has appointed Baillie Gifford, Janus Henderson, and UBS Asset Management to manage its UK-listed equity alpha fund, which will represent around 2.6% of its overall assets.
The fund is due to launch later this year once approval has been granted by the Financial Conduct Authority, and will aim to achieve a 2% per annum long-term return ahead of the FTSE All-Share Index once manager fees have been deducted.
Baillie Gifford and UBS will be benchmarked against the All-Share Index, while Janus Henderson's mandate will be focused on smaller companies.
The appointments come after a competitive tender including more than 30 asset managers was conducted over the summer, with applicants assessed on technical quality, value for money, and complementarity of fit.
Border to Coast chief executive Rachel Elwell said she was delighted to soon be launching the fund with a "strong line-up" of investment managers.
"It is a testament to the commitment of the asset management community to the LGPS that we received so many high-quality submissions," she said. "I am confident that, with the combination of Baillie Gifford, Janus Henderson and UBS Asset Management, we can begin to build up the long-term returns our partner funds need."
In July, Border to Coast became the final of the eight LGPS pools to launch after missing the 1 April deadline for transitioning assets. It operates its own authorised contractual scheme (ACS), having been given approval in June, and manages assets for 12 partner local authority funds: Bedfordshire, Cumbria, Durham, East Riding, Lincolnshire, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Surrey, Teesside, Tyne & Wear, Warwickshire.
The pool said it will soon launch a search for managers of a global equity fund, with requests for proposals to be issued in the course of the next quarter.
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