Insurance

Helping insurers optimise their asset yield and capital efficiency and meet their reporting requirements

Insurers have unique investment needs. On the one hand they need to generate sufficient returns on their assets to meet long-term commitments to policyholders. On the other, stringent regulation means that any investment risk needs to be balanced against solvency capital requirements and the potential for balance sheet volatility.

At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we’ve been helping insurers manage these challenges for almost 200 years. We provide access to a range of strategies and asset classes that target to help enhance the risk-adjusted return on a portfolio. Plus we provide a complete service to meet reporting and fiduciary requirements, including complete investment outsourcing where required.

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Key Benefits

Proven partner for insurers

We manage over £300* billion of assets for insurers worldwide. Clients range from global groups to specialist providers. All are supported by our dedicated insurance solutions team with extensive actuarial, reporting and risk management expertise.

From investment to reporting

We provide investment approaches from pooled to customised portfolios or complete investment outsourcing. A complete investment universe to help diversify risk while enhancing potential return includes active, quant, multi-asset, private market and alternative investment.

Insurers can also receive full asset and risk reporting. This includes comprehensive Solvency II reporting and an internal ratings process for private markets.

*Source: Aberdeen Standard Investments. 30 June 2018

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What we offer our clients

Our team

Our insurance team is focused on managing relationships and developing innovative asset solutions for our clients. The team includes investment actuaries with in-depth knowledge of regulation, risk and actuarial matters. With extensive global insurance investment experience and expertise, the team works closely with our clients to build lasting investment solutions that deliver effective outcomes. Through ongoing client engagement, we aim to ensure that these investment solutions continue to meet their needs.

Comprehensive investment solutions

We understand that insurers have specific investment objectives. To help them meet these, we offer a comprehensive range of investment solutions, including:

  • pooled products across a wide range of asset classes
  • bespoke solutions tailored to individual client requirements
  • liability-aware mandates
  • fiduciary responsibilities within well-defined parameters.

All our solutions are supported by global investment capabilities that span a broad spectrum of traditional and non-traditional asset classes. As one of the world’s largest assets managers, we have experienced investment teams covering:

  • Fixed income
  • Private markets
  • Real estate
  • Client-driven and multi-manager solutions
  • Alternative investment strategies
  • Quantitative investing
  • Equities
  • Multi-asset
  • Liquidity

Our wide range of investment solutions is backed by our investment philosophy, disciplined risk management and shared commitment to a culture of investment excellence.

Asset and risk reporting

We understand the regulatory importance of providing detailed and timely reports. Our reporting capabilities include:

  • Risk and performance attribution
  • Fund and investment reporting
  • Asset data reporting.

In addition to this, we offer fund accounting and valuation services; transaction reporting; trade management; asset servicing; and unit pricing.

  • Our team

    Our insurance team is focused on managing relationships and developing innovative asset solutions for our clients. The team includes investment actuaries with in-depth knowledge of regulation, risk and actuarial matters. With extensive global insurance investment experience and expertise, the team works closely with our clients to build lasting investment solutions that deliver effective outcomes. Through ongoing client engagement, we aim to ensure that these investment solutions continue to meet their needs.

  • Comprehensive investment solutions

    We understand that insurers have specific investment objectives. To help them meet these, we offer a comprehensive range of investment solutions, including:

    • pooled products across a wide range of asset classes
    • bespoke solutions tailored to individual client requirements
    • liability-aware mandates
    • fiduciary responsibilities within well-defined parameters.

    All our solutions are supported by global investment capabilities that span a broad spectrum of traditional and non-traditional asset classes. As one of the world’s largest assets managers, we have experienced investment teams covering:

    • Fixed income
    • Private markets
    • Real estate
    • Client-driven and multi-manager solutions
    • Alternative investment strategies
    • Quantitative investing
    • Equities
    • Multi-asset
    • Liquidity

    Our wide range of investment solutions is backed by our investment philosophy, disciplined risk management and shared commitment to a culture of investment excellence.

  • Asset and risk reporting

    We understand the regulatory importance of providing detailed and timely reports. Our reporting capabilities include:

    • Risk and performance attribution
    • Fund and investment reporting
    • Asset data reporting.

    In addition to this, we offer fund accounting and valuation services; transaction reporting; trade management; asset servicing; and unit pricing.

Our team

Stephen Acheson

Stephen Acheson

Global Head of Insurance

Stephen started with Standard Life in 1982 as an Actuarial Trainee, qualifying in 1988. He joined the Investment operation as an Analyst in 1987 and subsequently held a variety of investment management posts within Standard Life Investments; initially on the fund management side ultimately serving as Head of the Japanese Equity desk and later on the business development and client servicing side where he was responsible for growing the UK Retail and Institutional businesses of Standard Life Investments. He joined the Board of Standard Life Investments (Mutual Funds) Ltd in 2007 and during 2008/9 he took on a number of senior responsibilities within the wider Standard Life group including positions on the Boards of Heng An Standard Life and Standard Life Asia as well as beginning service as a Trustee to the Standard Life Staff Pension Fund. In 2010, Stephen was appointed as an Executive Director on the Board of Standard Life Investments Limited and assumed a new role taking overall responsibility for the provision of investment management services and support to the wider global Standard Life group. In 2011, Stephen was appointed as chairman of Board of Directors of Standard Life Investments Global SICAV. In 2014, following the acquisition of Ignis Asset Management, Stephen assumed the added responsibility of managing the overall relationship with Phoenix Life Company. During 2015 he established a new team which looks to springboard off the rich insurance heritage of SLI and to develop new insurance business globally. Following the merger with Aberdeen Asset Management in August 2017, Stephen assumed his current role of Global Head of Insurance, a role which takes overall responsibility for the asset management propositions and services which are offered to our global insurance client base both existing and prospective.

Richard Pereira

Richard Pereira

Head of Global Insurance Asset Management

Richard Pereira is Head of Global Insurance Asset Management at Aberdeen Standard Investments and is responsible for oversight of Phoenix Group’s circa £158bn assets under management (with whom Standard Life Aberdeen has a Strategic Partnership), securing further strategic investment mandates for insurance partnerships and growing third party insurance assets under management at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Richard has over 28 years’ of investment & financial markets experience with extensive expertise in institutional investment management. He is highly regarded within the insurance sector and by regulators as a respected authority on capital markets & financial services. He has twice been invited to submit his written expert views to the Treasury Committee (UK Parliament) and has served on influential advisory committees including two Institute & Faculty of Actuaries consultative working parties. Richard has spoken at major institutional investor conferences around the world and has written several investment related articles for prominent financial publications. In this leadership role, Richard also provides specialist guidance on capital efficient investment strategies and insight on investment innovation, design and development of investment solutions to meet the expectations and sophisticated needs of insurance clients across the globe. He works closely with the Distribution and the Investment Teams across a range of asset classes including: Private Markets, Fixed Income, Multi-Asset Strategies, Solutions, Quantitative Investments, Real Estate, Equities, Derivative Trading and Liquidity Solutions.

Richard joined Standard Life Investments in May 2017, from JP Morgan Investment Bank (Insurance & Pension Solutions) where he was responsible for advising institutional clients on investment strategy, investment & risk solutions and managing insurance assets under Solvency II. At JPMorgan, Richard also provided insurance expertise in insurance M&A, special situations and reinsurance transactions to advise C-suite executives on valuation, investment strategy, capital management and insurance strategy. Prior to that, Richard held leadership positions and senior executive positions in client facing roles at: JPMorgan (Structured Alternative Investments and Credit); Nomura (Principal Finance); Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (Credit Derivatives and Securitization); KPMG (Audit and Management Consulting – Financial Sector Advisory Group); and Aon (Actuarial & Investment Consulting).

Richard graduated with a First Class BSc (Hons) Degree in Mathematics from Imperial College London. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries (FIA) (specialism in Investment & Asset Management); a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (FCA); and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (Chartered MCSI).

Craig Turnbull

Craig Turnbull

Investment Director, Insurance Specialist

Craig joined Standard Life Investments in March 2015 after a fifteen-year career at Barrie & Hibbert (part of Moody’s Analytics from 2012). At B&H, he was Head of Research and Advisory, overseeing industry-leading work in insurance asset-liability modelling, economic capital, Solvency II and the hedging of insurance liabilities. At Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), Craig is an Investment Director in the Insurance Solutions team, which works closely with ASI’s global insurance client group to support their insurance asset management requirements. Craig is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. In 2013, he was awarded the Institute of Actuaries’ Peter Clark Prize for best actuarial research paper. Craig’s book “A History of British Actuarial Thought” was published in 2017.

Bruce Porteous

Bruce Porteous

Investment Director, Insurance Specialist

Bruce is an Investment Director at Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), responsible for developing ASI’s global insurance proposition and business. Over his career with Standard Life Aberdeen, he has gained experience in marketing, corporate finance and international business development, especially the early development of the Indian life insurance business HDFC Standard Life and associated Indian strategic investments, all generating exceptional returns. He gained banking experience in a retail mortgage bank start-up at Standard Life Aberdeen and has broad risk management and regulatory development experience, especially Basel II and Solvency II, Chairing the Association of British Insurer’s Solvency II Committee through Solvency II implementation. At Tillinghast, Bruce also gained experience of global insurance M & A, corporate restructuring and market entry

Bruce graduated from Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities with degrees in Mathematical Statistics, is a UK and Indian actuary and a Council Member of the UK actuarial profession. He has published a highly regarded book on Economic Capital which has been translated into Mandarin and used extensively in the Chinese market

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith

Investment Director, Insurance Specialist

Matthew Smith is an Investment Director working within Aberdeen Standard Investments’ Global Insurance Solutions team with a focus on supporting our existing insurance company clients with their investment challenges. Matthew joined Aberdeen Standard Investments as a result of the merger between Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life in August 2017. He joined Aberdeen in April 2014 via the SWIP acquisition where he was responsible for the governance relationship with SWIP’s largest insurance client. Previously, Matthew worked for Insight Investment as a client director working primarily with insurance companies. Matthew began his financial services career working for Halifax within the retail bank network. Matthew graduated with a BA(Hons) in Accounting & Financial Management from the University of Essex and holds the Investment Management Certificate.

Debbie McKay

Debbie McKay

Investment Director, Insurance Specialist

Debbie started with Standard Life in 1991 as a graduate trainee in the Marketing function. She held various senior roles in Distribution in the Insurance Company and was responsible for business development and client servicing before joining the Investment operation as an Investment Director in 2010. Initially, in Standard Life Investments, she was responsible for setting up and managing the Global Inter Group relationship with the Insurance company and later on leading the strategy and coordination of the Global Distribution strategy with new third party Insurance companies. Debbie graduated with an MA in English Literature and English Language from Edinburgh University. She is also a graduate of the University of Edinburgh Business School Executive Women’s Leadership Programme. Debbie is a Board Director of and Edinburgh youth charity.

  • Stephen Acheson

    Global Head of Insurance

    Stephen started with Standard Life in 1982 as an Actuarial Trainee, qualifying in 1988. He joined the Investment operation as an Analyst in 1987 and subsequently held a variety of investment management posts within Standard Life Investments; initially on the fund management side ultimately serving as Head of the Japanese Equity desk and later on the business development and client servicing side where he was responsible for growing the UK Retail and Institutional businesses of Standard Life Investments. He joined the Board of Standard Life Investments (Mutual Funds) Ltd in 2007 and during 2008/9 he took on a number of senior responsibilities within the wider Standard Life group including positions on the Boards of Heng An Standard Life and Standard Life Asia as well as beginning service as a Trustee to the Standard Life Staff Pension Fund. In 2010, Stephen was appointed as an Executive Director on the Board of Standard Life Investments Limited and assumed a new role taking overall responsibility for the provision of investment management services and support to the wider global Standard Life group. In 2011, Stephen was appointed as chairman of Board of Directors of Standard Life Investments Global SICAV. In 2014, following the acquisition of Ignis Asset Management, Stephen assumed the added responsibility of managing the overall relationship with Phoenix Life Company. During 2015 he established a new team which looks to springboard off the rich insurance heritage of SLI and to develop new insurance business globally. Following the merger with Aberdeen Asset Management in August 2017, Stephen assumed his current role of Global Head of Insurance, a role which takes overall responsibility for the asset management propositions and services which are offered to our global insurance client base both existing and prospective.

  • Richard Pereira

    Head of Global Insurance Asset Management

    Richard Pereira is Head of Global Insurance Asset Management at Aberdeen Standard Investments and is responsible for oversight of Phoenix Group’s circa £158bn assets under management (with whom Standard Life Aberdeen has a Strategic Partnership), securing further strategic investment mandates for insurance partnerships and growing third party insurance assets under management at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Richard has over 28 years’ of investment & financial markets experience with extensive expertise in institutional investment management. He is highly regarded within the insurance sector and by regulators as a respected authority on capital markets & financial services. He has twice been invited to submit his written expert views to the Treasury Committee (UK Parliament) and has served on influential advisory committees including two Institute & Faculty of Actuaries consultative working parties. Richard has spoken at major institutional investor conferences around the world and has written several investment related articles for prominent financial publications. In this leadership role, Richard also provides specialist guidance on capital efficient investment strategies and insight on investment innovation, design and development of investment solutions to meet the expectations and sophisticated needs of insurance clients across the globe. He works closely with the Distribution and the Investment Teams across a range of asset classes including: Private Markets, Fixed Income, Multi-Asset Strategies, Solutions, Quantitative Investments, Real Estate, Equities, Derivative Trading and Liquidity Solutions.

    Richard joined Standard Life Investments in May 2017, from JP Morgan Investment Bank (Insurance & Pension Solutions) where he was responsible for advising institutional clients on investment strategy, investment & risk solutions and managing insurance assets under Solvency II. At JPMorgan, Richard also provided insurance expertise in insurance M&A, special situations and reinsurance transactions to advise C-suite executives on valuation, investment strategy, capital management and insurance strategy. Prior to that, Richard held leadership positions and senior executive positions in client facing roles at: JPMorgan (Structured Alternative Investments and Credit); Nomura (Principal Finance); Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (Credit Derivatives and Securitization); KPMG (Audit and Management Consulting – Financial Sector Advisory Group); and Aon (Actuarial & Investment Consulting).

    Richard graduated with a First Class BSc (Hons) Degree in Mathematics from Imperial College London. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries (FIA) (specialism in Investment & Asset Management); a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (FCA); and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (Chartered MCSI).

  • Craig Turnbull

    Investment Director, Insurance Specialist

    Craig joined Standard Life Investments in March 2015 after a fifteen-year career at Barrie & Hibbert (part of Moody’s Analytics from 2012). At B&H, he was Head of Research and Advisory, overseeing industry-leading work in insurance asset-liability modelling, economic capital, Solvency II and the hedging of insurance liabilities. At Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), Craig is an Investment Director in the Insurance Solutions team, which works closely with ASI’s global insurance client group to support their insurance asset management requirements. Craig is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. In 2013, he was awarded the Institute of Actuaries’ Peter Clark Prize for best actuarial research paper. Craig’s book “A History of British Actuarial Thought” was published in 2017.

  • Bruce Porteous

    Investment Director, Insurance Specialist

    Bruce is an Investment Director at Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), responsible for developing ASI’s global insurance proposition and business. Over his career with Standard Life Aberdeen, he has gained experience in marketing, corporate finance and international business development, especially the early development of the Indian life insurance business HDFC Standard Life and associated Indian strategic investments, all generating exceptional returns. He gained banking experience in a retail mortgage bank start-up at Standard Life Aberdeen and has broad risk management and regulatory development experience, especially Basel II and Solvency II, Chairing the Association of British Insurer’s Solvency II Committee through Solvency II implementation. At Tillinghast, Bruce also gained experience of global insurance M & A, corporate restructuring and market entry

    Bruce graduated from Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities with degrees in Mathematical Statistics, is a UK and Indian actuary and a Council Member of the UK actuarial profession. He has published a highly regarded book on Economic Capital which has been translated into Mandarin and used extensively in the Chinese market

  • Matthew Smith

    Investment Director, Insurance Specialist

    Matthew Smith is an Investment Director working within Aberdeen Standard Investments’ Global Insurance Solutions team with a focus on supporting our existing insurance company clients with their investment challenges. Matthew joined Aberdeen Standard Investments as a result of the merger between Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life in August 2017. He joined Aberdeen in April 2014 via the SWIP acquisition where he was responsible for the governance relationship with SWIP’s largest insurance client. Previously, Matthew worked for Insight Investment as a client director working primarily with insurance companies. Matthew began his financial services career working for Halifax within the retail bank network. Matthew graduated with a BA(Hons) in Accounting & Financial Management from the University of Essex and holds the Investment Management Certificate.

  • Debbie McKay

    Investment Director, Insurance Specialist

    Debbie started with Standard Life in 1991 as a graduate trainee in the Marketing function. She held various senior roles in Distribution in the Insurance Company and was responsible for business development and client servicing before joining the Investment operation as an Investment Director in 2010. Initially, in Standard Life Investments, she was responsible for setting up and managing the Global Inter Group relationship with the Insurance company and later on leading the strategy and coordination of the Global Distribution strategy with new third party Insurance companies. Debbie graduated with an MA in English Literature and English Language from Edinburgh University. She is also a graduate of the University of Edinburgh Business School Executive Women’s Leadership Programme. Debbie is a Board Director of and Edinburgh youth charity.

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