SPS Alternative Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

September 16, 2021

The Dilly, London


This conference will examine a range of alternative investment strategies and discuss the different ways pension funds can use them help achieve scheme specific goals such as enhanced returns and diversification. We seek to also include a review of the recent past from both global and local perspectives covering regulatory and economic impacts of events such as Brexit and Covid-19 and how different asset classes performed, as well as practical considerations, such as governance, ESG, liquidity, cost, access and implementation.


Full details to be announced

This will be a full day conference with approximate timings of:




Conference start




End of conference followed by drinks reception

Speakers and topics confirmed so far:


Managing Director 


Accessing Low Volatility Returns from Private Equity

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Head of Global High Yield

Allianz Global Investors

Trade Finance for pensions: flexible & profitable

Interest rates are low - investors are taking advantage of risk premia whether this is illiquidity or complexity to boost returns. Correctly done, Trade finance as an asset class can be semi-liquid and provide investors with a premium driven by complexity rather than a illiquidity. Trade Finance can be used alongside the Cash+ part of DB and DC schemes fitting well into a cash flow driven profile or liquidity ladder. A well-structured short dated portfolio with regular re-investment provides good protection from rising interest rates and inflation.

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Head of Alternative Risk Premia


Alternative Risk Premia

Alternative Risk Premia strategies provide an alternative to traditional multi-asset and absolute return portfolios. They increase overall portfolio diversification through alternative return sources with low correlation to equities and bonds. They also offer the advantage of daily liquidity, cost efficiency and full transparency for investors. Dr. Lars Jaeger will share his many years of experience managing Alternative Risk Premia portfolios and the benefits of the approach for U.K. pension funds.

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Co-Head of Private Debt, UK

Muzinich & Co.

Weathering the Storm with Direct Lending. Private Debt, The ‘All-Weather’ Asset Class

Muzinich believes that direct lending provides opportunities in all parts of the cycle. Despite the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, we believe that the asset class, and the lower-middle market in particular, continues to provide the potential for attractive risk adjusted returns to pension investors. Especially, due to generally long-dated liabilities and limited liquidity requirements the pension sector is able to benefit from the illiquidity premium of the direct lending asset class.

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Head of Business Development for Europe

Allianz Real Estate, a company of PIMCO

Commercial Real Estate in a post-COVID world: opportunities for pension schemes

The pandemic disrupted our lives in many ways. But what about offices? Are they a thing of the past? This presentation discusses current investment opportunities in commercial real estate and where the market may be heading.


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 Dilly Hotel, London

21 Piccadilly

London W1 0BH

Hotel Tel: +44 (0)20 7734 8000


The hotel is located on the north side of Piccadilly, close to Piccadilly Circus, only two minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus underground station.

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