Here we provide information on the PGGM CILI team, with a focus on the team members involved in managing the Credit Risk Sharing (“CRS”) and Insurance Linked Investments (“ILI”) mandates and give some insight in where the team fits within the wider PGGM organisation and how it cooperates with other functions.

PGGM Investment Management

The Asset Management department within PGGM is tasked with the investment of the collective pension assets of PGGM’s pension fund clients, with the vast majority being accounted for by PFZW’s assets. Broadly speaking, the investment categories can be divided into public market and private market asset classes which make up about 75% and 25% of the asset mix respectively. Next to the investment teams primarily responsible for managing these asset classes, the Investment Management organisation contains Risk Management, Tax, Legal & Regulatory and Operational functions, plus a Responsible Investments team which oversee the implementation of PGGM’s ESG policies. 

PGGM Private Markets

The CILI team is a front-office investment team within the Private Markets segment. The Private Markets segment focuses on non-listed investments with an equity(-like) return profile. Besides the two mandates managed by the CILI team, there is Private and Listed Real Estate, Private Equity and Infrastructure. 

Credit & Insurance Linked Investments

The CILI team is responsible for managing two mandates: the CRS and ILI mandate. PGGM and PFZW have developed a world-leading position in both asset classes over the last seventeen years, and both asset classes bring interesting risk-return characteristics and diversification to the overall portfolio of PFZW.

Although the ILI and CRS mandates have significant differences, most notably on the nature of the underlying risk (natural catastrophe versus credit risk) and the position in the capital structure (tail risk versus first or second loss), the mandates share several characteristics as well. In both strategies, PGGM provides capital to leading financial institutions, to either (re-)insurance companies or banks. Further, in both strategies PGGM has a strong focus on risk sharing and alignment. PGGM has a philosophy of risk sharing in the underwriting capabilities of its partners and establishing long-term relationships in both mandates. Finally, both asset classes are characterised by a fair amount of structural considerations to be taken into account. Both mandates are described in more detail in other sections of this website. 

By combining both mandates in one team, we benefit from sharing of insights and exchange on topics such as structuring, modelling, regulatory considerations and databases. Further, some team members are in varying degrees involved in both mandates, enabling more efficient capacity planning and learning opportunities. 

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Dedicated CRS and ILI professionals 

Within the CILI team, the majority of the professionals dedicate a significant proportion of their time to the CRS mandate. Carrying out our mandate requires a diverse set of skills and knowledge across various domains such as credit risk, modelling, law and regulation, macroeconomics, research and ESG. This is reflected in diverse backgrounds of the team, ranging from Asset Management, Banking, Risk Modelling, Credit Structuring and (Re-)insurance to Law, Engineering, Physics and Quantitative Analytics. With an average work experience of 11 years, the team has a great mix of junior professionals and experienced seniors, who contribute to both CRS and ILI market not only via high quality transactions, but also as consultants and speakers on various industry events and regulatory discussions. Many of our colleagues are recognised for their knowledge and experience by their peers, regulators as well as by the press. 

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Being a diverse team with over 7 different nationalities and speaking more than 9 distinct languages, the team has a sound understanding of different geopolitical trends, cultures and customs. Clear assets such as the CRS and ILI mandates cover investments referencing loans and (re)insurance policies all across the globe, requiring knowledge about local risks, business structures, regulation and future developments. 

Other PGGM teams

In managing both the CRS and ILI mandates the CILI team is supported by various functions within PGGM: 

  • The Risk Analysis (“RA”) team, which is situated under the Chief Risk Officer (“CRO”) of PGGM Asset Management, provides a second line of defence function on the due diligence and analysis by the front office CRS deal team. The IRA team reviews and provides an independent report for each investment proposal of the CILI team. 
  • The Operational Due Diligence (“ODD”) team, which is also part of the Risk department, analyses all material operational aspects of transactions, such as the processes and IT tooling for the selection and replenishment mechanism and identifying, claiming and verifying credit events, as well as the staffing of the relevant functions. This includes the role of the verification agent. The ODD focus is complementary to the review of the IRA team.
  • Both the IRA and the ODD team have the ability to escalate a proposal to a higher approval forum, in which the CRO has a veto right.
  • The Responsible Investments (“RI”) team provides an advisory role on Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) matters for the team. Each potential CRS or ILI transaction and partner is judged on its ESG credentials and must meet minimum standards for a transaction to take place. The assessment of ESG factors is done by the front office CRS or ILI deal team respectively, with the RA team again functioning as a second line of assessment. More detail on the Responsible Investment policy in Credit Risk Sharing is available here.
  • Finally, the deal team is supported in each transaction by several other departments within PGGM, such as the Tax & Legal department, Compliance, and various back-office functions. 


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For questions please, contact Mascha Canio. 

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Mascha Canio

Head of Credit & Insurance Linked Investments