Services - 421021-2016

30/11/2016    S231

United Kingdom-London: Pension investment services

2016/S 231-421021

Contract notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: London Borough of Newham
Postal address: Newham Dockside 1000, Dockside road
Town: London
NUTS code: UKI12 Inner London - East
Postal code: E16 2QU
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Rakesh Rajan
Internet address(es):
Main address:
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from another address:
Official name: bfinance UK Ltd
Postal address: Clareville House, 26-27 Oxendon street
Town: London
NUTS code: UKI11 Inner London - West
Postal code: SW1Y 4EL
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Gwenaelle Rose
Telephone: +44 2077478619
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Regional or local authority
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: Pension

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Pension fund investment — Global High Yield Bond.

II.1.2)Main CPV code
66131100 Pension investment services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The Pension Fund of the London Borough of Newham invites proposals for the management of an investment in Global High Yield Bonds through a UCITS pooled fund vehicle.

The Pension Fund of the London Borough of Newham does not wish to be contacted during the tender process. Please contact bfinance for any queries regarding the tender.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKI12 Inner London - East
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Asset Class: Global High Yield Bonds

Size of mandate: Approx. 60 000 000 GBP to be invested with 1 manager.

Investment Vehicle:

— UCITS Pooled funds only. Proposals for a segregated account will not be considered

— The client does not want to hold more than 20 % of a fund's assets, i.e. min. 240 000 000 GBP fund AUM.

— GBP hedged share class preferred. Preference also for an Accumulative share class but distributive share class will also be considered.

Benchmark: Participating managers may propose the most appropriate benchmark for their strategy. It will preferably be a Global High Yield Bond index from either Bofa Merrill Lynch or Barclays.

Investment Objective: 1-2 % out-performance above the relevant benchmark, with a focus on capital preservation and managing default risk.

Investment Constraints:

— Portfolio mainly invested in high yield, rated bonds of global corporate issuers.

— Global orientation is a must (no pure USD strategies). The portfolio should demonstrate the ability to invest in non USD denominated bonds.

— Max 10 % in investment grade rated bonds.

— Max 20 % in CCC rated bonds.

— Max 20 % off-benchmark investments.

— No specific duration limits, but large deviations from benchmark level would need to be justified.

— Derivatives allowed only for hedging purposes and risk management. The use of derivatives for portfolio leverage will not be accepted.

— Borrowing or short selling is not permitted.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

It is intended that the contract will continue in force until such time as is determined in accordance with the provisions contained in the contract.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

See the procurement documents

The procurement documents can be obtained on the bfinance website Alternatively you may contact bfinance using the email address

The Pension Fund of the London Borough of Newham does not wish to be contacted during the tender process.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:

See the procurement documents.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:

An institution authorised to accept deposits in the United Kingdom. Providers must be authorised under the Financial Services Act 1986 or any equivalent legislation in any EU member state. Providers must satisfy the requirements of the Superannuation Act 1972 and the Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) regulations 1998 (as amended).

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

See the procurement documents.

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 04/01/2017
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 04/01/2017
Local time: 14:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: bfinance UK Ltd
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

As detailed in procurement documents.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: