List of 3 large European pension funds investing in real estate
Ever since, real estate and property investments are amongst the most important for pension funds, since they offer an attractive risk/return profile. In the following, we are presenting three different European pension funds that mention real estate on their website and are active real estate investors.
1. UWP Sammelstiftung (Switzerland)
The Swiss pension fund UWP Sammelstiftung was founded in 1993 and manages the pension plans of more than 10,000 customers. At the core of UWP’s investment focus are real estate investments. The pension fund manages more than CHF183M real estate investments. UWP targets CHF4-25M investments in good locations, mainly in the residential asset class.
2. PensionDanmark (Denmark)
PensionDanmark is a major pension fund in Scandinavia and Europe with more than €40bn assets under management. Besides equities, private markets and external managers, the firm also actively invests in real estate. The Danish pension fund targets business properties, split between existing properties and new developments. For example, the fund is engaged in a development project at Islands Brygge, Copenhagen, which will consist of 500-600 residential units. On an opportunistic basis, the pension fund also invests in non-domestic real estate funds.
3. LPFA (UK)
Another pension fund investing in real estate is the UK-based London Pension Fund Authority (LFPA). The fund targets a 10% allocation in the real estate field for a hedge against inflation. Further exposure to real estate is achieved to an investment in “The London Fund”, which focuses on affordable housing- and community regeneration-focused investment opportunities.
Based on our pension fund crawler
We created this list with the help of our sophisticated pension fund crawler tool that enables us to analyze the pension fund websites for given keywords. For this list, we analyzed the list for the keywords:
- real estate
- fast eiendom
- bens imobiliários
The keyword “immobilien” was found more than 5,000 times on the respective websites, followed by “real estate”, which was found over 1,100 times.