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Irish Pension Fund Investment


& Current Issues


11 June 2019
Dublin – The Westbury



Irish Pension Fund Investment & Current Issues

08.45    :    Registration and Coffee


09.30    :    Welcome & Opening Remarks


trevorTrevor Cook, Managing Director, Specialist Pension Services





09.35   :      Session 1:  Real Estate Investing


headshot  Moderator: Paul Droop, Group Pensions Chief Investment Officer, Bank of Ireland






Peter HobbsPeter Hobbs, MD, Private Markets, bfinance


New Trends in Real Asset Investing

Real Assets have emerged as an important set of asset classes over the past decade.  Investor appetite remains strong, but pricing has become increasingly aggressive and the asset classes remain opaque and expensive.  In this context, how should investors make sense of the range of opportunities, exploiting their potential while avoiding the mistakes of the past?  



Luke PowellLuke Powell, Senior Investment Specialist, Real Estate, Aberdeen Standard Investments


Private Rental Sector - a Vital Part of the Future of the Real Estate Market

The shape of the real estate market is changing.  The retail sector is in decline and logistics and ‘alternative’ sectors - that is, anything other than office, retail and industrial / logistics – are on the rise.  There is a growing interest from institutional investors in the residential market and, in particular, in the private rented sector.  Large, high-quality, managed apartment blocks in thriving urban areas – so-called ‘winning cities’ – are being acquired by institutions.  The growing importance of this sub-sector of the real estate market taps into profound forces of demographic, economic and social change.



10.50     :    Coffee/Tea



11.20     :    Session 2: Credit Investing


Paul DroopModerator: Paul Droop, Group Pensions Chief Investment Officer, Bank of Ireland






 Erick MullerErick Müller, Head of Product and Investment Strategy, Muzinich & Co.


Late Cycle Credit Investing for Pension Funds

How to preserve capital and generate returns in 2019: what should pension fund consider? How can we generate stable, lower volatility cash flows to pay pensions? Multi-Asset Credit can provide a solution.



Scott RichardsonScott Richardson, Principal, Researcher and Portfolio Manager, AQR


The Potential Diversification Benefit of Systematic Investing in Fixed Income

Compared with equity investing, bond investing can seem stuck in the dark ages. As asset managers use new technology to trade shares automatically, bond-fund managers still often call traders by phone. Systematic Investing, though now widely used within equities, is both effective and underutilized in credit. Scott will explain how investors may be able to achieve excess returns in the credit markets through a disciplined approach using these same ideas. Applying the same investment themes used in other asset classes to credit can generate attractive and diversifying long-term returns.


12.35    :    Drinks and Lunch


13.45    :    Session 3:  Pension Policy Developments


headshotModerator: Frank O'Riordan, Professional Trustee & Non Executive Director





Peter FahyPeter Fahy, former Chairperson, Irish Association of Pension Funds; Partner, Eversheds Sunderland


Strategic & Policy Challenges for Irish Pension Funds 

An update of current issues such as the Roadmap for Pensions Reform.



Paul BudgenPaul Budgen, Director of Business Development, Smart Pension 


Master Trusts: Latest Developments in the UK and the Possibilities for Ireland

What are the challenges in auto-enrolement in the UK market? How do Master Trusts meet those challenges and how are they currently responding to greater regulatory scrutiny? what is the future for DC funds in the UK and to what extent are Master Trusts a viable option for Ireland?



14.55    :    Coffee/Tea



15.10    :    Session 4: Practical Implementation


John O'ConnellModerator: John O'Connell, Founder, Trident Consulting





Joyce BrennanJoyce Brennan, Director, Irish Pensions Trust


Case Study: Pension De-risking Programme in Ireland

As most Irish pension funds met the MFR last year, this case study explains one pension fund’s strategy to lock in improvements.




Philip Smith, Partner, Arthur Cox


ESG - Some Practical Legal Tips

Noting how challenging it can be to implement ESG meaningfully, this session will focus on the practical steps for trustees. What must you do to meet your legal obligations and what should or could you do to engage further?


16.00   :    Closing remarks & Drinks reception


16.30   :    Close of Conference


This conference looks at pension investment developments particularly those focusing on the topical areas of real estate, real assets and the credit markets. The afternoon sessions focus on policy initiatives such as the Roadmap for Pensions Reform and master trusts for auto-enrolment. We also hear case studies showing pension initiatives in practice.



The conference is by invitation only for pension funds and other institutional investors. If you are not already receiving an invitation please contact us. A limited number of Complimentary invitations are usually available to genuine pension fund representatives (executives and trustees) and other approved institutional investors. However, to ensure we have room for as many funds as possible, we have to limit free places to 2 attendees per approved organisation thereafter a reduced rate fee is payable per delegate. Furthermore, SPS always reserves the right of admission (free or paid) and our decision is final.



The Westbury, Dublin 2

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Dublin 2, D02 CH66

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