ATP was named European Pension Fund of the Year at last night’s IPE Awards dinner in Copenhagen.

The top prize was one of six awards scooped by Denmark’s biggest pension fund, including for Long-Term Investment Strategy, another gold award category. 

The DKK934bn (€105bn) investor was also recognised for its work in emerging markets and innovation.

Accepting the main award,Bo Foged (pictured far right above) said, “I didn’t expect to receive this prize, but thank you to the jury and the audience and also the team at ATP who worked really hard this year.”

The UK’s Merseyside Pension Fund was also a multiple winner, taking home awards for climate-related risk management, credit and alternatives, and factor investing.



Christian Böhm receives the Outstanding Industry Contribution award from IPE editorial director Liam Kennedy

The Outstanding Industry Contribution award went to Christian Böhm, APK Pensionskasse’s chief executive officer.

A veteran of the Austrian and European pension fund industry, Böhm has led APK since its foundation in 1989. He is deputy chairman of the Austrian association of pension funds and sits on the board of PensionsEurope.

”The ultimate goal for us to achieve is to deliver the best for our beneficiaries. Thank you very much,” he said upon receiving his award.

Böhm has engaged on matters such as EIOPA’s pension fund stress tests and the European Commission’s proposed regulation on sustainable investment.

APG won Pension Fund Achievement of the Year for its GroeiFabriek (Growth Factory), which is the Dutch investor’s response to the need to innovate. It aims to stimulate the growth of new ideas from within APG and to build an ecosystem of continuous innovation.

The 2019 IPE Awards attracted more than 430 entries across 43 categories, with participating investors having €2trn in assets under management. Ninety one judges were involved in assessing entries.

Gold Awards  
European Pension Fund of the Year ATP
Outstanding Industry Contribution Christian Böhm
Pension Fund Achievement of the Year APG GroeiFabriek
Long-Term Investment Strategy ATP
Silver Awards  
Corporate Pension Fund Pensions Caixa 30
Multi-Employer/Professional Pension Fund Alecta
Public Pension Fund Bundespensionskasse
Small Pension Fund Stichting Calpam-Pensioenfonds
National / Sovereign Fund ATP
Active Management Fjärde AP-fonden (AP4)
Passive Management FRR
Bronze Awards 
Alternatives Industriens Pension
Equities BBVA Pensiones V and ERAFP                     
Fixed Income Alecta
Country / Regional Awards 
Austria  APK Pensionskasse / APK Vorsorgekasse
Belgium Pensioenfonds KBC
Central & Eastern Europe Swedbank Pension Plan
Denmark ATP and PensionDanmark
France AG2R La Mondiale
Germany (bAV) Telekom Pension Fund
Germany (Versorgungswerk) Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe
Ireland Accenture Defined Contribution Pension Plan
Italy Fondo Pensione Laborfonds
Netherlands Stichting Calpam-Pensioenfonds
Portugal Ocidental Pensões
Small Countries Almenni Pension Fund
Spain Plan de Pensiones Nestlé
Sweden Swedish Pensions Agency
Switzerland CPEG, Caisse de prévoyance de l’Etat de Genève
United Kingdom Pension Protection Fund
Themed Awards 
Climate Related Risk Management Merseyside Pension Fund
Commodities HVB Pension Fund
Credit & Alternatives Merseyside Pension Fund
DC & Hybrid Strategies Airbus
Emerging Markets ATP
ESG Church Commissioners for England
Factor Investing Merseyside Pension Fund
In-house Investment Team Fjärde AP-fonden (AP4)
Innovation ATP
Pensions Governance & Administration Pensions Caixa 30
Portfolio Construction & Diversification SEB Pension och Försäkring
Real Assets & Infrastructure Bundespensionskasse
Real Estate Church Commissioners for England
Risk Management  FRR