AIMSE Europe DC Conference


Wednesday 12th July | JP Morgan, London

The 2017 AIMSE Europe DC Conference will look how asset management is “Meeting the DC Challenge”.  The Conference speakers are from a range of pension schemes, advisors, platforms and consultants.  During our conference they will discuss how the DC market is changing, what are the issues faced by investment managers and what is required to be successful in DC.


12.00-12.45 – Registration and lunch

12.45-13.00 – Welcome and introduction by Ian Burton, Senior Business Development Manager UK & Ireland, Pictet Asset Management Ltd.

13.00-13.40 – Is distribution the new black?
A deep dive into the evolving DC distribution landscape (the increasing role of platforms and master trusts) and its implications for asset managers and the solutions they need to produce.

Phil Taylor, Sales Director, Aegon UK
Dan Smith, Director Workplace Investing, Fidelity International
Darren Philp, Director of Policy and Market Engagement, The People’s Pension

Moderator: Rob Bee, Head of UK Distribution, Affiliated Managers Group

13.40-14.20 – The top and bottom of investment innovation
A session looking at all aspects of investment innovation in DC. An exploration of the bright new things of factor based investing and private assets, through to identifying the barriers that are preventing the take up of innovative investment ideas. What is it that the market wants from asset managers in DC?

Adam Hayes, Investment Consultant, Aon Hewitt
Sonia Kataora, Associate, Barnett Waddingham
Ed Dixon, Senior Investment Consultant, LCP

Moderator: Simon Males, Head of Global Fixed Income Distribution, Legal & General Investment Management

14.20-14.45 – Tea and coffee break

14.45-15.25 – Security, costs and transparency
A broad based discussion on how asset managers should be involving themselves in the governance challenges facing DC pension provision. What direction is regulation taking asset management in DC? Do we understand it and is it helpful? What is it that is keeping trustees up at night and how can asset managers be relevant?

Dianne Day, Client Director, Independent Trustee Services Limited
Andy Cheseldine, Capital Cranfield
Jacqui Reid, Associate Director, Sackers

Moderator: Rona Train, Partner, Hymans Robertson

15.25-16.05 – Delivering diversification
Is diversification still relevant in DC? A session looking at the role for target date funds and diversified growth funds in delivering good outcomes for DC investors. Are they fit for purpose, is the tide turning, what are the costs of diversification and when might it be relevant?

Steve Budge, Principal – DC & Financial Wellness, Mercer
Anthony Ellis, Partner – Head of DC Investment Proposition, Hymans Robertson
Chris Wood, Pensions Investment Manager, Michelin Tyre plc

Moderator: David Clare, Investment Partner, Barnett Waddingham

16.05-16.45 – Investing for pensions freedom
A session exploring all aspects of the impact pensions freedoms are having on investment design. Has freedom and choice happened? What impact has it had on ‘into retirement’ default design and ‘through retirement’ solution provision? What’s the role for an asset manager in this space and just as importantly when might the market develop?

Magnus Spence, Chief Executive, Spence Johnson
Jo Sharples, Investment Principal, Aon Hewitt
Matthew Webb, Head of Benefits – EMEA and APAC, Thomson Reuters

Moderator: James Lindsay, Director – UK & EMEA, MFS Investment Management

16.45-17.00 – Closing remarks

Rob Bee, Head of UK Distribution, Affiliated Managers Group
Ian Burton, Senior Business Development Manager UK & Ireland, Pictet Asset Management Ltd.

17.00-17.15 – Tea and coffee break

17.15-18.15 – Hot tabling

18.15 – Networking drinks reception

20.00 – Conference concludes

Register for this Event

Registration is open to both members and non-members. The cost of the first delegate from a member firm is £400 + VAT, the second delegate is £250 + VAT and for non-member delegates the cost is £750 + VAT.

We do hope you will be able to attend what we promise to be an interesting and informative conference and superb networking opportunity.

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