PP Investment Awards 2021 — The winners

Awards recognise asset managers over a broad range of specialisms

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PP Investment Awards 2021 — The winners

Here they are… the winners of the Professional Pensions Investment Awards 2021.

The winners of this year's awards - which celebrate industry excellence among asset managers who serve UK occupational pension schemes - were announced in an online ceremony yesterday (25 November).

The awards, now in their eighth year, recognise asset managers over a broad range of specialisms - and shine the spotlight on those whose achievements may not always be recognised by the more general UK Pensions Awards.

The awards process is unique within the industry - with the shortlist being drawn up in association with Aon, one of the leading investment consultants in the market.

The shortlist was broadly based on performance over the 12 months to 30 June 2021 but also recognises the need for consistent performance - so entrants were only shortlisted if they demonstrated both excellent performance over the 12 months to 30 June 2021 AND strong performance over a three-year time period.

Shortlisted entrants were then asked to complete a questionnaire asking them what made them stand out from their peers in terms of innovation, client service, sustainability, diversity and inclusion.

The winners in each of the categories were then decided by a distinguished panel of industry judges.

Watch the awards ceremony and hear why this year's winners won their awards here:

The full list of finalists and winners for 2021 are as follows:

Alternative Risk Premia Manager of the Year

Winner:

Man Group

Finalists:

GAM Investments

Man Group

Systematica Investments

 

ARBS (Absolute Return Bond Strategy) Manager of the Year

Winner:

BlueBay Asset Management

Finalists:

BlackRock

Bluebay Asset Management

PIMCO

T.Rowe Price

UBP Asset Management 

 

Emerging Market Equity Manager of the Year

Winner:

Artisan Partners

Highly Commended:

Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Finalists:

Artisan Partners

Ashmore

Baillie Gifford

J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Morgan Stanley Investment Management

 

Equity Factor Index Provider of the Year

Winner:

MSCI

Finalists:

FTSE

MSCI

Research Affiliates (RAFI)

Scientific Beta

 

Global Equity Manager of the Year

Winner:

Metropolis Capital

Highly Commended:

Baron Capital

Finalists:

Baillie Gifford

Baron Capital

Jennison Associates

Metropolis Capital

Sands Capital

T. Rowe Price

 

Global Fixed Income Manager of the Year

Winner:

Aegon Asset Management

Finalists:

Aegon Asset Management

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Insight Investment

Robeco

Western Asset Management

 

Hedge Fund Manager of the Year

Winner:

Marshall Wace

Finalists:

Caxton Associates

Islet Capital

Marshall Wace

Maverick Capital

Nut Tree Capital Management

 

Liquid Securitised Manager of the Year

Winner:

TwentyFour Asset Management

Finalists:

Aegon Asset Management

BNP Paribas Asset Management 

Insight Investment

Janus Henderson Investors

TwentyFour Asset Management

 

Multi Asset/Sector Credit Manager of the Year

Winner:

Loomis Sayles

Finalists:

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Brandywine Global Investment

J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Loomis Sayles

Muzinich & Co. PIMCO

 

Multi-Asset Manager of the Year

Winner:

Newton Investment Management

Finalists:

AQR Capital Management

Amundi Asset Management

Man AHL

Newton Investment Management

Ruffer

 

Pan-European Core Property Manager of the Year

Winner:

LaSalle Investment Management (Encore+)

Highly Commended:

Barings (European Core Property Fund)

Finalists:

Barings (European Core Property Fund)

Blackstone Real Estate Partners (Core+)

LaSalle Investment Management (Encore+)

Prologis (European Logistics Fund)

 

Quant Hedge Fund manager of the Year

Winner:

Lynx Asset Management

Finalists:

CFM

Lynx Asset Management

Quantica Capital

Voloridge Investment Management

 

Sustainable Corporate Bond Manager of the Year

Winner:

Robeco

Finalists:

Aberdeen Standard Investments

J Safra Sarasin Asset Management

Liontrust Asset Management

Robeco

 

Sustainable Equity Manager of the Year

Winner:

Robeco

Finalists:

Baillie Gifford

Impax Asset Management

Liontrust Asset Management

Mirova

RBC Global Asset Management

Robeco

 

UK & European Opportunistic Property Manager of the Year

Winner:

Barings (Real Estate European Value-Add II)

Finalists:

Ares (European Property Enhancement Partners III)

Barings (Real Estate European Value-Add II)

Blackstone Real Estate Partners (Europe VI)

EQT Exeter (Europe Logistics Value IV)

NREP (Nordic Strategies IV)

 

UK & European Commercial Real Estate Debt Manager of the Year

Winner:

PGIM Real Estate

Finalists:

BentalGreenOak

LaSalle Investment Management

M&G Real Estate

PGIM Real Estate

 

UK Core Property Manager of the Year

Winner:

Royal London Asset Management (UK Real Estate Fund)

Finalists:

AEW (UK Core Property Fund)

Fidelity (UK Real Estate Fund)

Mayfair Capital (Property Unit Trust)

Royal London Asset Management (UK Real Estate Fund)

UBS Asset Management (Triton Property Fund)

 

UK Equity Manager of the Year

Winner:

Liontrust Asset Management

Highly Commended:

BMO Global Asset Management

Finalists:

Artemis Investment Management

Baillie Gifford

BlackRock

BMO Global Asset Management

Liontrust Asset Management

 

UK Fixed Income Manager of the Year

Winner:

Royal London Asset Management

Finalists:

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Insight Investment

Legal & General Investment Management

M&G Investments

Royal London Asset Management

Schroders

 

UK LDI Manager of the Year

Winner:

State Street Global Advisors

Highly Commended:

Legal & General Investment Management

Finalists:

BlackRock

BMO Global Asset Management

Insight Investment

Legal & General Investment Management

Schroders

State Street Global Advisors

 

DC Categories:

DC Investment Innovation of the Year

Winner:

Cushon (Net-zero DC pensions)

Finalists:

Cushon (Net-zero DC pensions)

Invesco (Global Real Estate Fund)

Natixis Investment Managers (MV Dual Credit Fund)

Tumelo (Pension power)

 

Target Date Fund Manager of the Year

Winner:

Aon

Finalists:

Alliance Bernstein

Aon

Nest

State Street Global Advisors

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