Two asset owners – a Belgian pension fund and a Western European investor – have issued separate requests for information as a first step to define its requirements and needs in terms of identifying in which strategy to invest in, ahead of releasing official mandates.

According to search DS-2589, the Belgian pension fund is planning to issue an active European ESG/all large cap equity segregated mandate, potentially worth €60m.

Additionally, the Western European investor, via search DS-2588, is considering issuing a core European (ex UK) real estate brief, actively managed also through a segregated account.

Participating managers can submit different strategies by the deadlines, which have been set for 21 January, 17:00 UK time, for the Belgian pension fund, and 20 January, 17:00 UK time, for the Western European investor.

Other Discovery notices include search DS-2587 for a $500m (€448m) global/regional low volatility equities mandate with a deadline of 10 January.

IPE Quest Discovery is a pre-RFP service allowing institutional asset owners to carry out a preliminary search for managers.

The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email