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GP Innovation of the Year Winners
Innovation of the Year, was a new entry added to the Awards this year, designed to showcase the more forward-looking developments within the industry. For the judges and the public vote alike, one firm clearly stood out: in June 2016, Partners Group launched the first private markets fund for the UK defined contribution (DC) pensions industry. The Partners Group Generations Fund will provide investors with access to private equity, private debt, private infrastructure and private real estate, while at the same time providing daily liquidity and pricing. Partners argues it's a step towards leveling the playing field between traditional defined benefit (DB) and DC pension schemes: DC pension plans have been unable to invest in private equity and private markets due to the illiquid structure of traditional private equity vehicles, and the firm expects its new fund to go a long way towards addressing that situation.
The judges said: Partners’ work on opening the DC pension plans market was truly transformational