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.

Key Benefits

Proven partner for insurers

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.

Insurance roundtable - May 2019

The economic features of Periodic Payment Obligations (PPOs)

Developing a dedicated investment strategy for assets backing PPO liabilities

Insurance Survey

2017 APAC insurance survey and how the findings continue to resonate with Global Clients

The barriers to insurers increasing allocations to external asset managers

The impact of technology on insurance investment strategy

200 Years of Asset Allocation

Fund Financing: an opportunity for insurers

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

Aileen Mathieson

Aileen Mathieson

Global Head of Insurance

Aileen is the Global Head of Insurance at Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), responsible for ASI's global insurance remit, working with the wider insurance team at ASI to build upon its strong client base and growth opportunities. ASI already manages around £270 billion on behalf of insurance clients located around the world.

With over 13 years' experience in the finance sector, Aileen joined ASI in April 2019 from Zurich Insurance Group, where she was Chief Investment Officer and UK Head of Wealth Management at Zurich UK. Prior to this, she was CFO at Nucleus Financial Group, a wrap platform business. Aileen began her career in financial services in the Standard Life Group where she held roles as Chief Operating Officer at Standard Life Savings and Head of Business Performance at Standard Life Investments.

Aileen graduated from Strathclyde University with an honours degree in Accounting and Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Scotland and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

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).

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.

Caroline Trotter

Caroline Trotter

Head of Global Insurance Partnerships

Caroline Trotter has been working within the Global Insurance Team since 2010. She has responsibility for overseeing the delivery of ASI’s investment management and associated services to our Strategic Insurance clients and ensuring that we comply with our legal obligations as set out in client investments agreements, mandates and services agreements. Caroline joined the financial industry in 1987 and Standard Life Investments in 1990, from Scottish Widows, where she was responsible for institutional Pension fund clients.

Caroline graduated with MA (Hons) in Economics from Aberdeen University and became a member of the Securities Institute in 1993.

Richard Thomson

Richard Thomson

Client Director, Global Insurance Partnerships

Richard is responsible for managing a number of key insurance company relationships, including Phoenix. Richard joined Aberdeen Standard Investments as a result of the merger between Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life in August 2017, having joined Aberdeen in April 2014 as part of the SWIP acquisition.

Richard joined Hill Samuel Asset Management in 1997 to work on a strategic alliance with one of Japan’s largest banks and was seconded to Mizuho Asset Management (formerly Dai-Ichi Kangyo AM) in Tokyo in 1999. He returned to London in 2007 since when he has focused more on insurance clients.

Previously, Richard worked for Johnson Fry plc as a private client investment manager and, prior to that, worked for Duncan Clark plc and Lloyds Bank plc.

Richard completed Stage 1 of the Chartered Institute of Bankers qualification and holds the IMC.

Neo Mooki

Neo Mooki Watson

Investment Director

Neo Mooki is an Oxford trained, Botswana-born, award winning investment professional, with nearly 15 years' of investment & financial markets experience, leading the investment relationship and strategic initiatives Aberdeen Standard's largest insurance clients, with AUM of c£150bn.

Neo is responsible for driving design of innovative investment solutions for insurance clients across asset classes including private markets. She has led some of the insurance asset management industry's ground breaking investment solutions, including the award winning Fund finance solution. Notable recent award wins include, Financial News' Asset Management Innovation of the Year and Insurance Asset Risk's Innovation of the Year, both for the Fund Finance Solution in 2019, and nominations for Fixed Income Manager of the Year awards. Neo also won Insurance Asset Risk's Young Investment Professional of the Year award in 2019.

Prior to joining ASI in 2013, Neo served as an Actuarial and Investment consultant within a multi-billion international consulting firm Aon Hewitt, which she joined in 2007 as an actuarial trainee. She was highly successful working across multiple practice areas and geographies, providing actuarial and investment advice to the company's largest clients. She also briefly served as a Corporate Trustee to some of the UK's largest pension funds. Prior to this Neo worked for various international charities including UNICEF.

As well as actuarial training, Neo holds an Executive MBA from the University of Oxford (Distinction), the Investment Management Certificate and a BSc (Hons) Degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Wales.

  • Aileen Mathieson

    Global Head of Insurance

    Aileen is the Global Head of Insurance at Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), responsible for ASI's global insurance remit, working with the wider insurance team at ASI to build upon its strong client base and growth opportunities. ASI already manages around £270 billion on behalf of insurance clients located around the world.

    With over 13 years' experience in the finance sector, Aileen joined ASI in April 2019 from Zurich Insurance Group, where she was Chief Investment Officer and UK Head of Wealth Management at Zurich UK. Prior to this, she was CFO at Nucleus Financial Group, a wrap platform business. Aileen began her career in financial services in the Standard Life Group where she held roles as Chief Operating Officer at Standard Life Savings and Head of Business Performance at Standard Life Investments.

    Aileen graduated from Strathclyde University with an honours degree in Accounting and Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Scotland and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Caroline Trotter

    Head of Global Insurance Partnerships

    Caroline Trotter has been working within the Global Insurance Team since 2010. She has responsibility for overseeing the delivery of ASI’s investment management and associated services to our Strategic Insurance clients and ensuring that we comply with our legal obligations as set out in client investments agreements, mandates and services agreements. Caroline joined the financial industry in 1987 and Standard Life Investments in 1990, from Scottish Widows, where she was responsible for institutional Pension fund clients.

    Caroline graduated with MA (Hons) in Economics from Aberdeen University and became a member of the Securities Institute in 1993.

  • Richard Thomson

    Client Director, Global Insurance Partnerships

    Richard is responsible for managing a number of key insurance company relationships, including Phoenix. Richard joined Aberdeen Standard Investments as a result of the merger between Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life in August 2017, having joined Aberdeen in April 2014 as part of the SWIP acquisition.

    Richard joined Hill Samuel Asset Management in 1997 to work on a strategic alliance with one of Japan’s largest banks and was seconded to Mizuho Asset Management (formerly Dai-Ichi Kangyo AM) in Tokyo in 1999. He returned to London in 2007 since when he has focused more on insurance clients.

    Previously, Richard worked for Johnson Fry plc as a private client investment manager and, prior to that, worked for Duncan Clark plc and Lloyds Bank plc.

    Richard completed Stage 1 of the Chartered Institute of Bankers qualification and holds the IMC.

  • Neo Mooki Watson

    Investment Director

    Neo Mooki is an Oxford trained, Botswana-born, award winning investment professional, with nearly 15 years' of investment & financial markets experience, leading the investment relationship and strategic initiatives Aberdeen Standard's largest insurance clients, with AUM of c£150bn.

    Neo is responsible for driving design of innovative investment solutions for insurance clients across asset classes including private markets. She has led some of the insurance asset management industry's ground breaking investment solutions, including the award winning Fund finance solution. Notable recent award wins include, Financial News' Asset Management Innovation of the Year and Insurance Asset Risk's Innovation of the Year, both for the Fund Finance Solution in 2019, and nominations for Fixed Income Manager of the Year awards. Neo also won Insurance Asset Risk's Young Investment Professional of the Year award in 2019.

    Prior to joining ASI in 2013, Neo served as an Actuarial and Investment consultant within a multi-billion international consulting firm Aon Hewitt, which she joined in 2007 as an actuarial trainee. She was highly successful working across multiple practice areas and geographies, providing actuarial and investment advice to the company's largest clients. She also briefly served as a Corporate Trustee to some of the UK's largest pension funds. Prior to this Neo worked for various international charities including UNICEF.

    As well as actuarial training, Neo holds an Executive MBA from the University of Oxford (Distinction), the Investment Management Certificate and a BSc (Hons) Degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Wales.