Standard Life Investments lifts 2 accolades at UK Pensions Awards 2007

Standard Life Investments lifts 2 accolades at UK Pensions Awards 2007

25 April 2007

Standard Life Investments, a leading investment house, today announced that it has won the title of ‘Investment Manager of the Year’ and ‘Specialist Manager of the Year (UK Equities)’ at the UK Pensions Awards 2007 held in London last night.

Drawn from a shortlist of candidates*, Standard Life Investments was selected for each award by a panel of industry experts** based on innovation, communication, performance and service standards.

Standard Life Investments was also short-listed in the ‘Fixed Interest Manager of the Year’, ‘Multi-Asset Manager of the Year’, ‘Pooled Manager of the Year’ and ‘Property Manager of the Year’ categories. Standard Life Assurance Limited also won DC Provider of the Year, in recognition of the innovation and highest level of service provided to corporate pension clients.

George Walker, Head of Institutional Business Development, Standard Life Investments, said:

“”To win two awards and be short listed in another four categories is recognition of the depth and strength of talent, skills and investment performance across Standard Life Investments.

“A combination of strong performance and significant new business growth during 2006 saw Standard Life Investments being increasingly recognised as an investment manager that can compete with the very best across all the main asset classes.

“We are now in the enviable position of producing top class performance, award winning products and excellent levels of service across the board, in equities, bonds, property, private equity, cash and multi-asset funds and so to be named ‘Investment Manager of the Year’ is fitting testimony to what we have achieved thus far.

“In relation to our win of the ‘Specialist Manager of the Year’ award, 2006 was a very strong year for our UK Equity capability. In terms of performance, we have continued to build up a record of excellence in UK equity investment across the full range of performance strategies. This translated into strong growth in new mandates – winning 29 of the 38 beauty parades we were invited to in 2006. In total we won 10 segregated mandates and 19 pooled mandates, which amounted to £1.6 billion.

“Standard Life Investments’ UK Equity Unconstrained Pooled Pension Fund came first out of 118 funds for the last quarter of 2006, generating a return of 15.1.%. Launched in September 2005, it has returned 34.9% for the twelve months of 2006. The £1.3bn UK Equity Select fund has been top quartile over 12 months and top decile over three and five years***.”

*Shortlist of candidates for the Specialist Manager of the Year Award
Axa Rosenberg Investment Management; BlackRock; Insight Investment; Martin Currie Investment Management; Neptune Investment Management; Nomura Asset Management; Royal London Asset Management; Standard Life Investments.

*Shortlist of candidates for the Investment Manager of the Year Award
AllianceBernstein; BlackRock; Goldman Sachs Asset Management; Legal & General Investment Management; Martin Currie Investment Management; MFS Investment Management; Newton Investment Management; Standard Life Investments.

**Judging panel
Ashurst head of pensions Steven Hull; Brambles global pensions director Ralph Turner; BESTrustees director and former National Association of Pension Funds chairman Peter Thompson; Inalytics chief executive Rick Di Mascio; National Association of Pension Funds chief executive Joanne Segars; Pensions Management Institute chief executive Vince Linnane; PricewaterhouseCoopers pensions partner Andrew Evans; Society of Pension Consultants president Mark Ashworth; World Gold Council managing director of investment research and marketing Katharine Pulvermacher.

***Provider of institutional investment information, as at 31.12.06. All calculations are based on net figures.

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