LB Camden Pension Fund appoints new Hedge Fund manager.

The London Borough of Camden Pension Fund has been seeking to diversify its asset portfolio by allocating 5% of its funds (approximately £50m) to alternative investments. To this end, following a review of alternative asset classes, Camden have been searching for a Hedge Fund manager to run a Fund of Hedge Funds mandate.

Camden enlisted the advice of Investment Consultants Hymans Robertson to administer the procurement process.

From an initial response from over 50 firms, 5 were shortlisted by a panel of Councillors supported by officers. BlueCrest Capital Management were chosen as the preferred manager.

The recommendation to award the mandate to BlueCrest was agreed by the Audit & Corporate Governance (Pensions) Sub-Committee.

Councillor Peter Brayshaw, Chair of Camden Pension Subcommittee and the interview panel, said "BlueCrest's bid was very impressive, in a large and good quality field. I look forward to the benefits this new mandate will bring by diversifying the Fund asset base in the current financial climate."

Notes to Editor

Fund asset size:                          £994.5m
No. of members:                           18,225
No. of scheduled and admitted bodies:              34

Pension Fund Annual Report 2010/11 

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Reference code: PR 1609
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