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SPS Alternative and Real Asset Investments Conference

April 16, 2024

The View at the Royal College of Surgeons, London


This conference, aimed at large pension funds, institutional investors and their advisors, seeks to examine a range of topical investment strategies, new ideas and opportunities in the alternatives and real assets space. We will consider the strategic use of these strategies for diversification/risk management purposes and/or for generating specific returns and/or income targets, whilst taking into account key practicalities such as liquidity, funding levels, implementation, fees, hedging and transparency.


Full details to be announced




Session 1

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Cambridge Colleges Federated Pension Scheme

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Wentworth Hall Consultancy

The Investment view of a Single-Family Office when looking at a dystopian world

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Head of EMEA Institutional Solutions

Neuberger Berman

A Dynamic Approach to Modelling Alternative Assets in Institutional Portfolios

Exploring the intricate details of return, risk, and correlation within a public-private strategic asset allocation and stochastic projections of granular private asset classes.




Session 2

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Professional Trustee

Capital Cranfield

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Investment Director

SWEN Capital Partners

The importance of renewable gases in the energy transition, or how to reduce CO2 emissions in hard to abate sectors like transport and agriculture

-    “Renewables” is not only about green electricity
-    Fit for 55: ambition and objectives in the field of transport and agriculture
-    The importance of biomethane and green hydrogen for a successful energy transition


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Head of Property Research

XPS Pensions

Exploring the challenges that open-ended UK property funds currently face and what the future might look like.

This presentation explores the challenges that open-ended UK property funds have faced over the last few years. The gilts crisis in 2022 had a profound impact on UK pension schemes with rising gilt yields meaning that their funding levels improved and greater liquidity was required. Many property managers have a significant portion of defined benefit schemes as their investors and as a result have seen a stream of redemptions since then. Liquidity in the market has dried up and prices have fallen significantly from their 2022 peak so managers have been unable to meet the redemptions within the timeframes they expected. What does the future look like for these funds and how can these funds attract new investors to replace the defined benefit money over the longer term?




Session 3

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Client Director

Zedra Governance Ltd

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Climate Change Consultant

Hymans Robertson

The importance of climate data reporting

•    Addressing climate issues is a core issue for investors, particularly in setting net zero ambitions
•    Asset owners need quality data to make informed decision on how to address climate risk
•    Have private market managers improved their reporting on climate data?

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Investment Director, Alternatives


Unlocking Opportunities: The Case for Embracing Hedge Funds Once More

•    A refresher on the strategic case for hedge funds
•    Assessing the current opportunity set 
•    Myth busting – addressing common investor concerns surrounding hedge funds.


comfort break


Session 4

Investor panel – perspectives on Alternative and Real Asset Investments

Panellists to date:

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LawDeb Pension Trustees

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Nationwide Pension Fund


Close of conference followed by drinks reception


The conference is by invitation only for pension funds and other institutional investors and we welcome new attendees from these investors. Therefore if you are not already receiving an invitation please contact us. A limited number of Complimentary invitations are 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 3 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 View at the Royal College of Surgeons

38-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Tel: 020 7869 6703

The View is centrally located at Lincoln’s Inn Fields within easy walking distance of Holborn (Piccadilly and Central lines) and Temple (District and Circle Lines) underground stations. It is a short taxi or underground journey from most major rail stations. Two NCP car parks are situated nearby.

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