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DIARY DATES: OCTOBER 2009 & BEYOND

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EFAMA Investment Management Forum
1-2 October 2009
Location: Brussels


Day one of this two day event will look at where asset management in Europe is going; while day two will focus on asset management trends in Asia and elsewhere in the world. The conference opens with Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, President of EFAMA, who will look at the issues and priorities for the European investment management industry. Other speakers on day one include Jean-Baptiste Zufferey, member of the Board of Directors, FINMA; and Eddy Wymeersch, Chairman of CESR. Day two will be opened by Peter de Proft, director general EFAMA, with other speakers to include Tood Ruppert, President & CEO, T.Rowe Price Global Investment Services; Sally Wong, CEO, HKIFA, Hong Kong; and Dato’Seri Abdul Mohd Zabidi, Chairman Bank SimpanaNasional, Kuala Lumpur.

MORE INFO: Visit www.efama.org

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2009 IAPF Annual Conference
7 October 2009
Location: Dublin Castle, Dublin

The Defined Benefit Challenge: Having suffered the shocks of the last two years pension schemes are now looking at how they get on the road to recovery. For many, the direction they are taking and the length of the journey is still unclear. The IAPF Annual Benefits Conference will focus on the main issues that will inform the decisions trustees, employers and their advisers will be taking. It will examine the economic outlook and the impact of the Commission on Taxation Report. It will look at investment options, issues around restructuring and how changes need to be communicated. Who should go? Anyone involved in dealing with the uncertainty created by the events of the last 2 years in defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. This conference aims to provide essential assistance to Pension Scheme Trustees and Managers, Pension and Investment Professionals, HR and Finance Managers and other company executives.

MORE INFO: www.iapf.ie
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Pensions administration seminar: rising to the cost and service challenges
8 October 2009
1.30pm – 4pm, followed by an informal drinks reception
The Commonwealth Club, London

Aon Consulting’s seminar will explore how organisations can control their pension administration costs without compromising service.

In a market where stakeholders' expectations and legislation have significantly moved on, and with added pressures to drive down costs, this seminar is a must-attend event for anyone with responsibility for pensions administration within their organisation.MORE INFO: To register to attend, or for more information, please visit Aon's website: www.aon.co.uk/events

Contact for enquiries
Lise Hostad
Tel: 0800 279 5588
Email: enquiries@aonconsulting.co.uk


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Pension Fund Governance
4-5 November 2009Location: Zeist, the Netherlands


The Dutch and European pension landscape has changed rapidly in the past few years. Induced by changes in European and local legislation aiming at increased competition in the pension market, pension funds are faced with the question how to organise themselves in this new environment. Many funds decided to merge or cooperate with other pension funds. Others turned over the complete management of the plan to fiduciary managers. Moreover, the topic of board competence is on the agenda in many jurisdictions. In this module, students will discuss and debate these and other aspects of pension fund governance. An important part of the discussion and case study will be devoted to the question: how to govern and organise a pension fund in such a way that the interests of beneficiaries are taken care of? In essence, that boils down to limiting the agency costs involved with executing pension and investment services. The course will also review several alternative pension fund governance models. Selected speakers include Prof Dr Rob Bauer (Maastricht University), Prof Dr Jaap Koelewijn (Nyenrode University) and Prof Dr Gordon Clark (Oxford University).

MORE INFO: Visit www.netspar.nl/academy

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Aon Consulting Investment Conference 2009 6, 13, 20, 27 November 2009
Locations: various across UK (see below)

An informative, free pension scheme investment conference for trustees and sponsoring employers, from Aon Consulting.

Exploring the recent developments and trends in pension scheme investment, Aon Consulting’s annual conferences are a must-attend for pension scheme trustees and sponsoring employers. Taking place in November this year, details are as follows:

All sessions will run 9am - 1pm and will be followed by an optional buffet lunch.

Glasgow: Friday 6 November
Birmingham: Friday 13 November
Leeds: Friday 20 November
London: Friday 27 November

MORE INFO: Visit www.aon.co.uk/events or contact
Lise Hostad, Tel: 020 7086 8352
Email: lise.hostad@aonconsulting.co.uk

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11 November 2009
Location: Intercontinental, Amstel, Amsterdam


The European Pensions Netherlands Summit: Light at the end of the tunnel will address the main challenges facing Dutch pension schemes in today’s tough marketplace, and explore what’s out there to help them meet their pensions obligations in order to be nothing short of excellent once again.

Topics include: scheme funding in the current investment climate; investing in gold; pension fund governance; longevity; pension pooling; legislation; risk management; socially responsible investment (SRI) and fiduciary management.

Confirmed speakers include:

CHAIRMAN FOR THE DAY: Tim Burggraaf, Principal, Mercer

  • Rik Albrecht, Communications, Technology & Vice President, CFA Society of the Netherlands: Rik will be looking at Advocacy: the CFA Netherlands’ view in the financial crisis
  • Christopher Flensborg, Coordinator, Capital Markets, SEB: Christopher will be presenting on the work Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB) has been doing with the World Bank in the development of the World Bank Green Bonds
  • Simon Hedger, Managing Director-Portfolio Management Property Securities
    Principal Global Investors: Simon will be presenting on Global REITs
  • Philip Jan Looijen, Director Fiduciary Management, Mn Services: Philip will be covering the topic of fiduciary management
  • Jacqueline Lommen, Senior Principal, Hewitt: topic to be confirmed
  • Chris Taylor, Investment Director, Head of Research, Neptune Asset Management: Chris will be presenting on the increasing importance of emerging markets to global growth
  • Geert-Jan Troost, Senior Consultant, Watson Wyatt: Gert-Jan will be looking at the recent market turbulence: what went wrong in the analysis of the interest rate sensitivity of the average Dutch pension fund
  • Rozanna Wozniak, Investment Research Manager, World Gold Council:
    Rozanna will be presenting the strategic case for investing in gold

MORE INFO: www.europeanpensions.net/netherlands

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TBLI CONFERENCE™ EUROPE 2009
12 - 13 November 2009
Location: Elicium, RAI Convention Centre & Amsterdam Okura Hotel, Amsterdam

This is one of the largest annual global networking and learning events on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing of Europe and Asia. The theme for 2009 is Retooling the Economy. In existence for over 10 years, TBLI CONFERENCE™ consists of two annual conferences. These two-day events give the world’s leaders on sustainability an opportunity to network and exchange information on the latest developments in screening, auditing, reporting, SRI analysis, corporate citizenship, indexes, and research.

MORE INFO: Visit www.tbliconference.com/europe-2009.html

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CEIOPS Annual Conference
18 November 2009
Location: Frankfurt am Main


Since 2005 the Committee of European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Supervisors (CEIOPS) holds its annual conference within the dynamic setting of the EURO FINANCE WEEK. Representatives of European institutions and insurance regulators as well as European insurance and pensions industry experts address current topics of the insurance and pensions industries in keynote speeches and panel discussions.This year’s main topics will be covered in three panel sessions: the implementation of the Solvency II project, Occupational Pensions and Cross-sectoral Convergence. Jacques de Larosière will present his views on the follow-up to the Report issued
by the High Level Group on Financial Supervision.

MORE INFO: www.ceiops-conference.com

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