28th Annual European Pensions Symposium

Feb 5th - Feb 7th 2020
The Ritz-Carlton
Berlin, Germany

This well-established meeting, which convenes over 80 European pension and insurance fund executives, spans three days with a program that includes interactive workshops, panel sessions, guest speakers and social activities. The 28th annual meeting offers a space to share innovating ideas and best practice among European institutional asset owners and managers who ultimately set out to answer the question: What is the latest thinking on asset allocation, investment opportunities and risk management?

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Participation is strictly limited to qualified executives. Once registered, a member of the Institutional Investor team will be in touch to confirm attendance. Due to capacity restraints, all registrations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.



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  • Wednesday February 5
  • Thursday February 6
  • Friday February 7
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    Asset Owner only Roundtables

  • 12:30 PM - 1:35 PM

    Registration and Lunch

  • 1:35 PM - 1:45 PM

    Opening Remarks

  • 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

    Money for Nothing…for Now. Have the Rules on Debt Sustainability Changed, and What Does History Suggest Will Happen Next?

  • 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

    Creating Opportunity out Of Adversity – how Does the Distressed Debt Sector

  • 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

    Peer Group Discussions

  • 2:50 PM - 3:20 PM

    Lower for Longer, or Just Lower for Ever? how Do Asset Owners View the Economic Outlook and What Can They Do About It?

  • 3:20 PM - 3:50 PM


  • 3:50 PM - 4:05 PM

    Understanding the Scope of The EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance

  • 4:05 PM - 4:20 PM

    Sustainable Climate Investing in Fixed Income

  • 4:20 PM - 4:35 PM

    Data, Data Everywhere, but Does It Lead to More Sustainable Outcomes?

  • 4:35 PM - 4:55 PM

    Peer Group Discussions

  • 4:55 PM - 5:25 PM

    Understanding the ESG and Sustainability Challenge from A Strategic Perspective

  • 5:25 PM - 6:30 PM

    Time at Leisure

  • 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM


  • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM


  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

    The Inside Story Behind PGGM’s 2020 to 2025 Investment Policy

  • 8:50 AM - 9:20 AM

    The Long and Short of Managing Credit at The End of A Cycle – how Much Leeway Should You Offer Your Manager?

  • 9:20 AM - 9:35 AM

    Regional and Sector Opportunities in Asset Backed Securities

  • 9:35 AM - 9:50 AM

    Staying Safe in Direct Lending – Finding Value in A Crowded Space

  • 9:50 AM - 10:10 AM

    Peer Group Discussions

  • 10:10 AM - 10:40 AM


  • 10:40 AM - 11:10 AM

    Sourcing Returns in A World of Negative Yielding Corporate Debt

  • 11:10 AM - 11:25 AM

    Big Data, Science and Fundamental Insights – Is This the Future of Equity Investing?

  • 11:25 AM - 11:40 AM

    Shorting the Bad Guys! ESG and Equity Long/short Strategies

  • 11:40 AM - 11:55 AM

    Blending Factor Based Strategies – Lessons from The Last Two Years

  • 11:55 AM - 12:15 PM

    Peer Group Discussions

  • 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

    The Extra Edge – how Can Equity Managers Deliver on Their Return Seeking Promises?

  • 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM


  • 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

    Adding Environmental Signals to A Stock Selection Strategy

  • 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

    Can You Still Win in A Mature Private Equity Market?

  • 2:45 PM - 3:05 PM

    Peer Group Discussions

  • 3:05 PM - 3:35 PM

    Ensuring Both L.P and G.P Objectives Are Met in Private Markets – Are We Asking Too Much?

  • 3:35 PM - 4:05 PM


  • 4:05 PM - 4:20 PM

    The Politics of Investing in China – how Can Long Term Investors Benefit?

  • 4:20 PM - 4:35 PM

    Engagement versus Exclusion in Emerging Markets – What Works for Responsible Investors?

  • 4:35 PM - 4:55 PM

    Peer Group Discussions

  • 4:55 PM - 5:25 PM

    Best Approaches to Managing Emerging Market Portfolios

  • 5:25 PM - 6:25 PM

    Time at Leisure

  • 6:25 PM - 6:25 PM

    Meet in Foyer for Coaches to Dinner Venue:

  • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

    The Big Interview

  • 9:50 AM - 10:05 AM

    Sustainable Approaches to Infrastructure Projects

  • 10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

    Low Carbon Real Estate Strategies

  • 10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

    Staying on The Right Side of Developments in ESG when Investing in Long Term Illiquid Physical Assets

  • 10:50 AM - 11:20 AM


  • 11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

    Regulatory Keynote

  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    The Future Impact of Regulation on Investment Strategies

  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Asset Owner only Post Symposium Debrief


Download the latest Delegate List here.

Last year, we welcomed 85 senior investment officials from funds such as:

Altis Investment Management AG
APG Asset Management
APK Pensionskasse AG
ASGA Pensionskasse de Gewerbes
AXA Investment Managers
Banque Cantonale de Geneve
British Steel Pension Fund
Brunel Pension Partnership 
BT Pension Scheme Management 
Bayerirsche Versorgungskammer
Cambridge Associates LLC
CERN Pension Fund
Church Commissioners for England
Croatia Insurance Voluntary Pension Fund

Dai-Ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company
Danica Pension
European Central Bank
European Patent Office
Fondazione CARIPLO
Fondo Pensione Byblos
Ford Motor Company
Jyske Bank A/S
Kempen Capital Management
Lincolnshire County Council Pension Fund
Scottish Widows
UK Local Authority Pension Fund

M J Hudson Allenbridge 
Mars Incorporated
Medical Research Council
Medigest SA
Merseyside Pension Fund
ATL Pension Scheme
Nationwide Pension Fund
NEST Corporation
New Hollan Capital
NLI Research Institute
NN Investment Partners
PBZ Croatia Insurance
The Pension Superfund
PGB Pensioendiensten

PK fuer die Deutsche Wirtschaft
Proximus Pension Fund
RPMI Railpen Investments
Shell Asset Management Company B.V.
Littlewoods Pensions Scheme
Social Security Fund Greece
Stagecoach Group Pension Scheme
TKP Investments
UNIQA Versicherungen AG
Verka Kirchliche Pensionskasse
Wilshire Associates
Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

Mikael Haglund

At the 27th Annual European Pensions Symposium in February 2019, MIkael Haglund, Head of Manager Research at SEB, shared his views on the current financial climate and the benefit of networking at industry events. 

Feike Goudsmit

At the 27th Annual European Pensions Symposium in February 2019, Feike Goudsmit, Managing Director Institutional at Capital Group, shared his views on the current financial climate and the benefit of networking at industry events. 


The Ritz-Carlton

Potsdamer Platz 3
Berlin, 10785

In the Berlin Mitte neighborhood, set on Potsdamer Platz, The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin is a gateway into the city’s past and a reflection of its present. Outside, hotel guests are faced with remnants of the Berlin Wall. Inside, the city’s golden age unfolds with Art Deco décor and references to the film era. This glamour carries through the hotel’s five-star amenities including luxury accommodations overlooking the city center.


For more information or general enquiry, please contact:

Alex Beveridge

+44 (0) 207 303 1742

For Asset Owners interested in being invited, please contact:

Sara Hegan

Deputy Head of Investor Relations
+44 (0) 207 303 1727

For Asset Managers interested in sponsorship opportunity, please contact:

Stefanie Sables

Executive Director
+44 (0) 207 303 1712