LaSalle wins UK mail pension mandate

LaSalle Investment Management has won the Royal Mail Pension Plan’s property mandate, reportedly worth £1.6bn, taking over the management of RMPP's entire UK property holdings.

LaSalle Investment Management has won the property mandate of the UK’s Royal Mail Pension Plan (RMPP), managing the pension fund’s entire property holdings, reportedly worth £1.6 billion (Euro: 1.7 billion).

The RMPP is the UK's fourth-largest pension fund and was previously managed by Hermes for around 27 years, according to a report by Property Week. However, Hermes came under criticism for failing to respond to a rising deficit and falling property values.

“We are delighted to have been selected by Royal Mail,” LaSalle UK managing director Alan Tripp confirmed in a statement. “At LaSalle we are highly focused on maximising investment performance.”

Last September, the Teacher’s Retirement System of Texas adopted a new investment strategy, hiring LaSalle to manage a separate account to invest $205 million into real estate as well as make future commitments to new projects.

As of 31 December, 2009, LaSalle’s total private European assets under management were valued at £13.4 billion, according to fund documents on LaSalle’s Web site.