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Financial News announces shortlist for awards for Excellence in Institutional Asset Management 2009

Monday, September 07, 2009
Opalesque Industry Updates – Financial News, the leading weekly newspaper for the European securities, investment banking and asset management industry, has announced the nominees for its annual pan-European Awards for Excellence in Institutional Asset Management. The awards will be held on Tuesday 6 October 2009 at the Banqueting House, Whitehall in London.

Winners will be chosen from a total of 25 categories with five nominees in each. Introduced for the first time this year include the categories Emerging Markets Manager of the Year, SRI/Sustainable Investment Manager of the Year, Most Influential Woman in Asset Management and Most Promising Rising Star in Asset Management. About 50 senior members of the asset management, investment consultancy and pension scheme industries will be voting on the winners, whose names will be announced at the awards ceremony and dinner. The awards will be presented by William Hutchings, Asset Management editor at Financial News. This year’s awards sponsor is BNP Paribas Securities Services.

Asset management personalities vying to win flagship award Chief Executive Officer of the Year include Andrew Formica of Henderson Group, Martin Gilbert of Aberdeen Asset Management and defending champion for the second year running Larry Fink of BlackRock. European Asset Management Firm of the Year contenders include last year's winnerBlackRock, Newton Investment Management,Aberdeen Asset Management and Brevan Howard, all of whom are up for at least two awards, and Pictet. Newton Investment Management, fast becoming a regular fixture, claimed two awards in 2008, Equity Manager of the Year and UK Asset Management Firm of the Year, having won both awards previously. This year's awards will see Blackrock and Newton Investment Management go head to head once again for the European Asset Management Firm of the Year title which promises to be one of the highlights of the evening.

Commenting on this year’s awards ceremony, William Hutchings, Asset Management editor at Financial News said: "The last 12 months has been an unprecedented time in financial markets. All asset classes have been hurt by the deleveraging process and the decline in market values globally. Nevertheless, there are success stories to reflect on. This year's nominees reflect the high calibre of performers in Europe's institutional asset management industry and these awards will be an opportunity to celebrate the industry's successes against a very challenging year."

Award categories and nominees are:

1. Boutique of the Year
Neptune Investment Management
River & Mercantile

2. Deal of the Year
Aberdeen Asset Management's acquisition of certain Credit Suisse Asset Management businesses
BlackRock's acquisition of Barclays Global Investors
BNY Mellon's acquisition of Insight Investments
Henderson Group's acquisition of New Star Asset Management
Watson Wyatt's merger with Towers Perrin

3. Equity Manager of the Year
Fidelity International
Investec Asset Management
Petercam Institutional Asset Management
UBS Global Asset Management

4. Fixed Income Manager of the Year
Brandywine Global Investment Management
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
M&G Investments
Pictet Asset Management
Standard Life Investments

5. Emerging Markets Manager of the Year
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Pictet Asset Management
Walter Scott & Partners

6. SRI/Sustainable Investment Manager of the Year
Aviva Investors
F&C Asset Management
Generation Investment Management
Impax Asset Management
Sarasin & Partners

7. ETF Provider of the Year
Credit Suisse
DB x-trackers
ETF Securities
I-Shares (Barclays Global Investors)
Lyxor Asset Management

8. Hedge Fund Manager of the Year
BlueCrest Capital Management
Brevan Howard
Lansdowne Partners
Odey Asset Management
Sloane Robinson

9. Property Manager of the Year
Aberdeen Asset Management
ING Real Estate Investment Management
London & Stamford
Morgan Stanley
Neuberger Berman Europe

10. Fund of Funds Manager of the Year
Blackstone Alternative Asset Management
FundQuest/BNP Paribas Investment Partners
HSBC Global Asset Management
Ofi Asset Management
Partners Group

11. Infrastructure Manager of the Year
Credit Agricole Asset Management Capital Investors
Goldman Sachs
JP Morgan Asset Management
Morgan Stanley

12. Fiduciary Management/Implemented Consulting Firm of the Year
Watson Wyatt

13. Global Investment Consultant of the Year
Aon Consulting
Hewitt Associates
Hymans Robertson/Abelica Global Mercer
Watson Wyatt

14. Specialist Investment Consultant of the Year
Lane Clark & Peacock

15. French Asset Management Firm of the Year
Oddo Asset Management
State Street Global Advisors France

16. German Asset Management Firm of the Year
Allianz Global Investors KAG
Aquila Capital
Lupus Alpha
Sal Oppenheim
Union Asset Management

17. Dutch Asset Management Firm of the Year
Fortis Investments/BNP Paribas Investment Partners
ING Investment Management

18. Italian Asset Management Firm of the Year
Intesa Sanpaolo
Pioneer Investments Prima
RAS Asset Management

19. Nordic Asset Management Firm of the Year
Carnegie Asset Management
Danske Capital
Handelsbanken Asset Management
SEB Invest
T Rowe Price

20. Swiss Asset Management Firm of the Year
Credit Suisse
Mirabaud Investment Management

21. UK Asset Management Firm of the Year
Legal & General Investment Management
Newton Investment Management

22. European Asset Management Firm of the Year
Brevan Howard
Newton Investment Management

23. Most Influential Woman in Asset Management
Angela Docherty, Senior Corporate Investment Consultant, Univest (Unilever Pension Scheme)
Anne Healy, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, MFS Investment Management
Elizabeth Corley, Chief Executive, Allianz Global Investors Europe
Judy Saunders, Chief Investment Officer, West Midlands Pension Fund
Karen Jones, Pensions director, Aviva Staff Pension Scheme

24. Most Promising Rising Star in Asset Management
Chris Redmond, Watson Wyatt
Felix Wintle, Neptune Asset Management
Feras Al-Chalabi, Odey Asset Management
Johanna Kyrklund, Schroders
Toby Nangle, Baring Asset Management

25. CEO of the Year
Alain Grisay, F&C Asset Management
Andrew Formica, Henderson Group
James Barham, River & Mercantile
Larry Fink, BlackRock
Martin Gilbert, Aberdeen Asset Management

Voting Procedure:
Financial News has assembled a panel of consultants, fund management executives and marketing professionals from across Europe to vote for nominated firms in each category. This panel takes the broadest possible view, from people in the industry whose opinions matter. Financial News' team of specialist asset management journalists compiled the shortlist of 5 nominations for each category, taking soundings from the industry. Panellists vote on each award, giving short-listed candidates a score out of five. The winner in each category will be the firm with the highest overall score. In the event of a tie, both companies win.


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