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2019 WINNERS & SHORTLISTED

AWARDS FOR PENSION FUNDS

1. Irish Pension Scheme of the Year
Awarded to the Irish pension scheme that has proved itself to be a leader in the challenging world of pension provision, be it a DB, DC or hybrid scheme. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Bank of Ireland Staff Retirement Savings Plan (RetireWell)

2. Pension Trustee Board of the Year
Trustee boards have an increasingly vital and difficult role to play in the pensions space. We reward those boards that have risen to the challenges to meet the needs of the Irish pension members they are there to serve. Enter here

3. Pension Scheme Innovation
This award aims to give recognition to the pension scheme that has pushed the boundaries of pension provision by applying innovation and dynamism in the design and/or management of its scheme. Enter here

4. Best Use of Investment Strategy
Awarded to the scheme that has excelled in its investment design and / or has implemented a new investment strategy successfully to meet the changing needs of its pension scheme members. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Ulster Bank Pension Scheme (ROI)

5. Best Use of Risk Management
Awarded to the pension scheme that has best applied risk management practices and risk controls in the running of its scheme at a time when risk management is higher than ever on pension boards’ agendas. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Insight Investment

6. Best Use of Administration
Adequate administration is key when it comes to the effective running of a pension scheme. We look to reward those pension funds that have worked hard to improve their admin practices to the benefit of their members. Enter here

7. Best Communication Strategy
This award aims to recognise those pension schemes that have pushed the boundaries when it comes to their communications strategy in order to ensure they truly engage with their members. Enter here
2019 WINNER: AIB Group Defined Contribution Scheme

AWARDS FOR PENSION PROVIDERS

8. Pensions Consultancy of the Year
Awarded to the pensions/investment/actuarial consultancy firm that the judges believe has delivered outstanding service to its pension fund clients in the last year; has shown a dedication to the delivery of pension scheme consultancy; and has demonstrated a superior understanding of the market's needs. Enter here
2019 WINNER: APT

9. Excellence in DC Award
This category recognises those firms that stand out among the rest in the provision of DC services, be that with the use of innovation, dynamic investment solutions, effective communication or otherwise. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Mercer

10. Investment Manager of the Year
This award will recognise excellence in investment management at one of the most challenging times in Irish pensions history. When investment market turmoil has put the pressure on investment managers to perform, innovation, dedication, sophistication and foresight have become the essential tenets of any investment manager hoping to succeed. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Irish Life Investment Managers

11. Equities Manager of the Year
This award will celebrate those managers who have led the way in managing equities in the past 12 months. The winner who is finally chosen will be the firm that has proved itself to be the most exceptional player of all entrants in the industry with its excellence in managing equities, and has proved itself truly invaluable to Irish pension funds today. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Setanta Asset Management

12. Fixed Income Manager of the Year
Irish pension funds rely on fixed income for a reliable revenue stream, and as a result the fixed income market is now as diverse and sophisticated as any other. This award will recognise managers that offer a real specialisation in this area and can offer their pension clients a variety of solutions to meet the ever changing market conditions. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Morgan Stanley Investment Management

13. Property Manager of the Year
Property has gained true recognition as an essential asset class for pension funds seeking to diversify their portfolios, with managers seeking out returns from both the traditional and less accessible property market across the world. This award will recognise those managers that have proved themselves in the field of property investment, have shown innovation in their product offerings, and have displayed an excellence and consistency in their management of this diverse and exciting asset class. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Friends First (brought to you by Aviva)

14. Alternatives Investment Manager of the Year
As alternatives play an ever greater role in the majority of pension fund portfolios, this category aims to reward the leaders in the provision of hedge funds, hedge funds of funds, private equity funds, commodities and other alternative investment classes. The winner will be the nominee that has proved itself the best of the best in their field and has shown a commitment to the Irish pensions market with its product offerings. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Towers Watson Investment Management

15. Law Firm of the Year
Many legal firms offer services for pension funds, but not all show a dedication to understanding the complexities facing pension funds in these challenging times. This award will award the firm that stands out in its dedication to understanding the complexities of pensions legislation, and works with its clients to see them through the legal maze. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Mason Hayes & Curran

16. Pension Scheme Administrator of the Year
The key role of the administrator is often overlooked but without an excellent administration service the pension fund member could not receive the level of service they deserve. This award recognises those administration firms that have gone beyond the minimum standards required to offer a truly value added service to their clients. Enter here
2019 WINNER: New Ireland Assurance

17. Custodian of the Year
The role of the pension fund custodian is an ever changing one, as products and services evolve to match changing pension fund needs. This award will recognise those custodians that have proved themselves as leaders in this market with their excellence, innovation and dedication to meeting their Irish pension funds’ demands in today’s market. Enter here

18. Communication Award
This award will recognise those firms that have used innovation and/or creativity to help improve pensions communication, be it through a particular product, service offering or overall business approach. Enter here
2019 WINNER: New Ireland Assurance Company Limited / Bank of Ireland Investment Markets (iFunds evolution)

19. Innovation Award
This award will recognise those firms that have brought innovation to the pensions marketplace, be it through a particular product, service offering or overall business approach. This category has been designed in response to the market volatility and to recognise those firms that have responded to market pressures with originality and creativity. Enter here
2019 WINNER: LCP Ireland

20. Risk Management Provider of the Year
With risk management at the top of pension schemes’ agendas, de-risking propositions have flooded the market. We award the provider that has provided innovative solutions to truly help Irish pension schemes to manage, or remove, their risks. Enter here

21. Pension Broker/Financial Advisor of the Year
Awarded to the Broker / Financial Advisor that the judges believe has delivered exceptional service to its clients in the area of pensions; and has displayed a true understanding of the market's needs given the current environment. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Goodbody Wealth Management

22. Passive Manager of the Year
This award celebrates the manager that demonstrates strong returns, provides excellent customer service and shows a true understanding of the needs of their clients. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Legal & General Investment Management

23. Infrastructure Manager of the Year
At one of the most challenging times in pension fund investment, Infrastructure is now being taken seriously as an asset class among pension investors. We recognise those players that understand this complex asset class and are working hard to help pension funds reap the potential rewards. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Aviva Investors

24. Emerging Markets Manager of the Year
Seeking out potential in the less developed markets is a challenging role at which only the best can succeed; yet for those that do, the rewards for pension funds investing in this area can be great. This award recognises those managers that have shown a dedication to the emerging markets space with a view to achieving performance often in areas where information flow is in short supply. Enter here
2019 WINNER: LGM (BMO Global Asset Management)

25. Pensions Technology Provider of the Year
Effective and reliable pensions technology is essential for the successful running of any pension fund. This award will recognise those firms that are leaders in the field of Irish pensions technology, and ultimately reward who is the best of the best. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Financial Risk Solutions

26. Independent Trustee Firm of the Year
The pensions space has become a minefield for pension scheme trustees struggling to cope with changing regulation, governance pressures and investment challenges, which is why the role of the independent trustee firm has become key. This awards looks to give recognition to those firms that truly assist pension schemes in managing their day-to-day challenges. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Independent Trustee Company Group

AWARDS FOR PROVIDERS AND/OR PENSION FUNDS

27. ESG/SRI Provider of the Year
Irish pension funds are becoming increasingly aware of the impact ESG and / or SRI can have on their portfolio returns. This award will recognise the leaders in this significant and increasingly sophisticated market. Enter here
2019 WINNER: MFS Investment Management

28. Diversity Award
This award goes to the pension provider that has shown a true understanding of the importance of diversity in today's climate, either in the way it has shaped its business, its product offering or otherwise. Enter here
2019 WINNER: Aviva Ireland

NEW CATEGORIES FOR 2020

29. Cash-driven investment manager of the year
Cash-driven investment (CDI) plays an ever-growing essential role in the Irish pension space, with some firms leading the way with their approach in this area. This award recognises those firms that stand out from the rest in the CDI arena. Enter here

30. Factor Investing Offering of the Year
This award recognises those firms that have a true understanding of the role factor investing can play in Irish pension portfolios today and have demonstrated a true expertise in implementing this dynamic strategy in the Irish space. Enter here 

31. Sponsor Covenant Provider of the Year
Awarded to the firm that shows a true understanding of this important area of pensions and what important role it plays in the Irish pensions space. Enter here

32. Pensions organisation of the year
This award aims to recognise those organisations/bodies/ lobby groups/ educational providers (and similar) that provide an invaluable and vital role in the Irish pension space in their own way, and without whom the Irish pensions landscape would be a lesser place. Enter here

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