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SPS Nordic Pension Fund & Institutional Investors’ Annual Conference: Copenhagen

March 5, 2024

Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen


This conference, conducted in English, aims to examine a range of key investment strategies, opportunities 
and ideas available to Danish and other institutional investors in the wider Nordic region, such as pension funds foundations, large family offices and private banks. We will consider the latest trends and the outlook for investments in 
the prevailing macroeconomic climate, whilst taking into account practical implementation considerations and 
specific regional requirements/challenges.





Session 1

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Vice director, Head of Liquid Markets


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Economist and Research Director

Capital Group

Where are we heading? Assessing the long-term global macro outlook

•    What are the key trends and factors that investors should be tracking on the global macro landscape in 2024 and beyond
•    How should we be looking at China, the US and Europe?
•    What about global macro factors when planning future strategic asset allocations?
•    When it comes to currency; what have the fluctuations in global currency markets taught sophisticated asset owners with broadly geographically diversified portfolios about how they might position themselves for long term success?

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Senior Portfolio Manager Private ABS & Infrastructure

Aegon Asset Management

Fund finance – a key segment in your alternatives strategy

Fund Finance refers to the financing of private markets investment funds and is one of the fastest growing segments in the alternative investment universe. Fund finance is attractive to investors because of the strong investment grade risk profile, high illiquidity premium and superior return on capital.  The asset class also offers a source of diversification and stable returns.


Coffee and refreshment break


Session 2

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Head of ESG & sustainability


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Head of Sustainable Investments

Royal London Asset Management

Lessons learned from 20 years of sustainable investing  - and where next?

Mike will share the key lessons that he has learned from over 20 years of sustainable investing:

  • How sustainability itself and companies have and continue to evolve and how you balance this with enduring investing basics

  • How to analyse the lessons of the past and use them to inform your sustainable investing approach

  • Review of the possible approaches to global sustainable equity investing

  • What the key consideration for investors should be into the future

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Fund Manager

Premier Miton Emerging Markets Sustainable Fund

Conflicting Objectives – Emerging Markets, Financial Returns and Sustainability?

•    Emerging markets represent 80% of the world’s population and nearly 60% of future GDP growth but only a little more than 10% of global equity market capitalisation, we will discuss how to measure economic success for emerging economies and look at the key drivers 
•    We will address the role of human development factors in long run development and consider the key challenges and opportunities for equity investors 
•    In addition, we will delve into the development paths of China and India and look at ways to balance sustainability outcomes and financial opportunities in these key markets in the decade ahead




Session 3 

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Chief Investment Officer

Sampension A/S

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Kahn Swick & Foti

Maximizing Recoveries in U.S. Securities Class Actions: How pension funds and institutional investors can increase alpha through securities litigation

•    Securities fraud explained.
•    Distinct advantages for Institutional Investors suing in U.S. Courts.
•    Legal tactics: Navigating the U.S. Courts – From Morrison to AZN.
•    From the Courtroom to the Boardroom: How pension funds can redefine workers' rights through securities litigation.

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Investment Director & Vice President

Dimensional Fund Advisors

Adopting a Systematic Framework in Emerging Markets Equities

Multifactor equity works – if done well. A recent research paper has provided an important reminder that the premiums pursued by systematic investors are real, and they exist across different markets, including emerging markets. However, process design is crucial for the reliable capture of those premiums. In this session, you will hear how it is possible to reliably add material value, at the same time as integrating investment objectives beyond return, risk and costs, including sustainability. We’ll draw upon real-world experience of taking the best ideas from research and applying them in portfolios, with great results.



Coffee and refreshment break

Session 4: 

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Chief Investment Officer

Sampension A/S

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Risk and Data Manager

Industriens Pension

Questioning the Future: How can the pension industry utilize technology and AI?

  • What are the risks associated with new technologies?

  • The importance of understanding the data you are working with

  • How does data cleansing and quality effect the results

  • Automatic modeling and human evaluation need to be used in unison

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Head of Active Ownership, Head of Responsible Investment (Sweden)

Danske Bank

Case study – developing a biodiversity framework

•    Why does biodiversity matter for responsible investors, and how can we go about identifying our exposure and opportunities to support our investments in addressing the biodiversity crisis that we face. 
•    Given the nascent development of reliable data, join us for a discussion on our lessons learned so far on how to support companies in integrating biodiversity risk into their management processes.
•    With the increase of initiatives and approaches, how do we use active ownership to foster corporate ambition and action on the common goal to stem nature and biodiversity loss.



Drinks reception


Close of conference


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.

Kahn Swick & Foti LLC


Radisson Collection Royal Hotel

Hammerichsgade 1,

1611 Copenhagen, Denmark

Tel: +45 3342 6000

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