Schroders-Secquaero team wins Investor of the Year at the Trading Risk Awards 2015

July 2015

The Schroders-Secquaero team, based in Zurich scooped Investor of the Year at the Trading Risk awards ceremony on Thursday 18 June, celebrating hard work and professionalism in the ILS (insurance linked securities) market.

This accolade is awarded to an institution, individual or investment team that has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the ILS investor community in the previous year, demonstrating a continued commitment to the sector, success in attracting new investors and a commitment to research and understand the sector. Judges were looking for a fund manager who not only delivered strong returns, but also demonstrated a commitment to further developing and innovating upon the ILS proposition to their investors.

The team more than doubled their overall ILS business to USD1.5bn[1] during 2014 and have been working to diversify their client base internationally. The team of two portfolio managers, two on-desk risk managers, three cat risk modellers, five fully qualified actuaries and a structuring specialist, supported by an underwriting and origination team, have combined experience of over 260 years.

Given its diverse skill set, the Schroders-Secquaero team is one of the few ILS Managers that is able to source and model (often using proprietary models built by the Secquaero team) the full spectrum of insurance risk from natural catastrophes to man-made risks to life and health insurance.

Over half a dozen specialist managers were considered for the award, and the Schroders-Secquaero team won from a shortlist of three.

The team runs a number of funds, including the Schroder IF Core ILS fund, GAIA Cat Bond fund and low volatility Secquaero ILS fund, and has been working to diversify their offerings. Their GAIA Cat Bond Fund now sits on the GAIA platform for alternative UCITS strategy and was one of the best performing (UCITS) cat bond funds in the industry.[2]

[1] Source: Schroders, as of December 31, 2014.

[2] Please note that the Schroder IF Core ILS fund, GAIA Cat Bond fund and Secquaero ILS fund are not available to US investors.