27 November 2020 / Company news

Scope Awards handed out for best funds, asset managers and certificate providers

Together with its media partner, Handelsblatt, Scope Ratings has presented the 15th Scope Awards for the year’s outstanding asset managers and investment concepts in 42 categories.

The Scope Awards are the most prestigious awards for funds and asset managers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The accolades are handed out each year by the Scope Group, Europe’s leading provider of independent credit ratings, ESG research and fund analysis, alongside its media partner, Handelsblatt, the German economic news daily.

Prize-winners in 42 categories were chosen by Scope analysts from more than 4,500 funds and more than 280 asset managers and certificate providers. This year’s physical awards ceremony had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis. The awards have been posted to the winners.

Investment Awards: Pictet Asset Management chosen Best Universal Provider in Germany

Pictet Asset Management was selected this year as Best Universal Provider in Germany. Pictet is a pioneer in thematic investing and in integrating sustainable investment approaches. It is also present in fixed income, multi-asset and absolute return with flagship products, almost all of which have received a top rating.

The winner as Best ESG Asset Manager is Degroof Petercam AM, which can look back on a long track-record in ESG and has been exemplary in integrating ESG criteria on a company and investment level. Degroof Petercam has also achieved good returns.

ODDO BHF was chosen as Best Multi-Asset Asset Manager this year. In addition to ODDO BHF’s transparent bottom-up selection process, the Scope jury was won over by its clearly structured portfolio risk monitoring process in equities, credit and interest rates, a process that proved itself during a challenging year in 2020.

The biggest prize-winner this year was Fidelity International which carried off awards in four categories, followed by J.P. Morgan Asset Management with three, and Barings, Candriam, Flossbach von Storch and Lazard AM with two.

All Investment Award winners

Alternative Investment Awards – DWS und Union Investment are double winners

Out of a total of 15 Alternative Investment Award categories, DWS (Retail Real Estate Global & Infrastructure) and Union Investment Real Estate (Retail Real Estate Germany & Special Award – Sustainability“) each won two.

Deka Immobilien won in the Institutional Real Estate Europe category. In addition to its extensive experience and its strong operating performances in asset management, the jury was impressed by its high degree of innovation and heavy transaction volumes.

In the special Innovation category, Commerz Real was recognised with its “klimaVest” fund, the first European long-term investment fund (ELTIF) on the local market. This is also Germany’s first vehicle for private investors that takes an impact-investing approach to real assets.

For the first time, a Scope Award was handed out for logistics real-estate. Nuveen Real Estate is the first winner in this category, having impressed the Scope jury with its extensive reach and footprint in the world’s most important target markets. Nuveen also pulled off one of the largest logistics portfolio transactions in recent years in the United States.

All Alternative Investment Award winners

Certificate awards – DekaBank, BNP Paribas und Société Générale

Certificate awards were handed out this year in three categories: primary market, secondary market and trading. The winners were DekaBank, BNP Paribas und Société Générale.

All Certificate Award winners

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