An investment in a private pension fund management company. As part of the Estonian pension reform, LHV Asset Management (LHV AM) has established and is managing two new mandatory pension funds. The purpose of the project is to support the Estonian pension reform process through investment in a pension fund management company. LHV AM has established, and is managing and marketing two new ‘2nd Pillar’ mandatory pension funds, alongside its voluntary pension fund.
The pension reform process, under which employees in Estonia will be able to contribute to new privately-managed ‘2nd Pillar’ mandatory pension funds, will have a broad impact on the Estonian financial sector, the wider economy, and on long-term social welfare. The EBRD has emphasised the importance and desirability of pension reform in the past and has already participated in similar reforms initiated in other countries. The operation will support the reforms, strengthening the pension fund management industry by supporting a young, flexible and innovative company, increasing diversity and competition in the Estonian financial services market.
LHV AM was previously a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of the Estonian investment bank, Lõhmus, Haavel & Viisemann (LHV), and already manages an Estonian voluntary pension fund.
A EUR 1.06 million investment in the equity of LHV AM. Under the transaction, the EBRD will purchase a combination of existing and newly-issued shares. The effect of the transaction will be that LHV AM will be a fully-funded pension fund management company, as per the Funded Pensions Act of Estonia, with capital of over 45 million Estonian Kroons (EEK) / EUR 2.9 million.
The investment will total EEK16.5 million (EUR 1.06 million).
LHV AM will manage its pension funds in accordance with the EBRD’s Environmental Guidelines for Passive Investments including the Environmental Exclusion List. LHV AM will also submit annual environmental reports to the EBRD in accordance with the Environmental Guidelines.
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