SPS Virtual: Local Authority Pension Fund Investment Issues

March 17, 2021


This conference will give an update on topical issues affecting local authority pension funds’ investment. With a view on economic and geopolitical trends and policy, as well as the delivery of LGPS investment pooling, we aim to cover both public and private asset strategies designed to meet specific LGPS requirements such as delivering growth, providing income, managing cashflows, improving returns, managing risk and implementing ESG as well as practical issues such as transparency, cost and accessibility.


This will be a virtual conference with approximate timings of:


Meet and Greet. Sponsor Lounges open


Session One: Opportunities and Returns Post-pandemic



Marian George

Investment Advisor

West Yorkshire Pension Fund



Accessing low volatility returns from private equity

  • Innovation has long been part of the private equity and private debt industries, and the recent growth of portfolio-based finance is continuing that trend.

  • Portfolio finance is based on the net asset value of diversified private equity portfolios, and repaid from cash flows which arise from the underlying companies

  • Demand for this type of finance from private equity managers is accelerating, as they see it as a flexible tool with which to actively manage their funds

  • At the same time, investors are increasingly attracted by the strong low-volatility returns which can be generated from transactions which are usually bilaterally negotiated and offer stronger downside protection compared to most traditional private debt strategies.

Investment Director


Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific Private Debt

Bridging the Financing Gap: The Asia-Pacific Private Debt Opportunity for Pension Funds

  • With significantly reduced competition from bank financing in various Asia-Pacific jurisdictions, there may now be an opportunity for pension investors to benefit.

  • In our view, private debt is ideally positioned to provide growth capital to middle-market companies.

  • Private debt as an asset class is already well-established in the United States and Europe. Asia, on the other hand, is not a crowded market and presents an opportunity for further penetration.



Head of Economic Infrastructure

Aberdeen Standard Investments

How has Covid impacted the Outlook for European Infrastructure

·         Impact of Covid on the asset class

·         Lessons learned from the pandemic

·         Outlook for Infrastructure in 2021 and beyond


Discussion Group on Accessing Returns – to include speakers from session 1


Session Two: Responsible Investing for LGPS funds

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Joana Marfoh

Head of Treasury and Pensions Fund Management

London Borough of Islington


Managing Director – European Infrastructure Equity


Sustainable Infrastructure Investing: Considerations for LGPS’


Head of Investment Research


Applying ESG Principles: Impact of China on Global and Emerging Markets

How are the LGPS funds/pools going to apply their ESG policies now that China accounts for 40% of emerging markets and 5% of global benchmarks?


Quickchat networking for all participants


Session Two continues

Moderator: Joana Marfoh, Head of Treasury and Pensions Fund Management, London Borough of Islington

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Pensions Secretary


LGA Responsible Investing Initiatives & TCFD for Local Authorities

Climate Change Transition and Responsible Investment in Practice

Speakers Include:


Policy Governance & Risk Manager

Environment Agency Pension Fund


Strategic Finance Manager (Pensions)

Surrey Pension Fund


Discussion Group on Responsible Investing – to include speakers in session 2


End of Conference


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. SPS always reserves the right of admission (free or paid) and our decision is final.

SPS Virtual

SPS Virtual will be hosted on a dedicated webpage so you won’t need to download any specific software.

Full login and password details will be sent to you after you register.

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