Standard Chartered, PGGM and Alecta complete landmark risk sharing transaction receiving capital relief in Asia


14 July 2022, Stockholm, Zeist, Singapore – Standard Chartered, PGGM (on behalf of PFZW) and Alecta have extended their longstanding risk sharing relationship by entering into a new synthetic credit risk sharing securitisation transaction. This market-leading transaction enables Standard Chartered to be the first bank to benefit from capital relief in Hong Kong in the Bank’s calculation of its capital adequacy ratios.

The transaction, for which PFZW and Alecta are the investors, is part of a risk sharing partnership which Standard Chartered and PGGM have in place for over a decade. Alecta started to co-invest in recent years as a result of its partnership with PGGM.

The transaction is part of Standard Chartered’s highly successful synthetic significant risk transfer securitisation programme, which was introduced more than 15 years ago, and references a pool of corporate loans that Standard Chartered originates and holds on its balance sheet across the Bank’s extensive geographical footprint.

Credit risk of corporates and financial institutions with businesses in Asia, the Middle East and Africa are part of the portfolio. By selling protection on a first loss tranche, the Bank transfers a significant share of the credit risk of this portfolio of loans to the investors, while remaining very much aligned with PGGM and Alecta through the Bank’s retention of risks to the underlying borrower clients as the loan book remains on the Bank’s balance sheet.

Barend van Drooge, Deputy Head Credit and Insurance Linked Investments at PGGM, said: “Realising this risk sharing transaction milestone with Standard Chartered is extra special, considering the two institutions have worked closely together in holding numerous dialogues with the local regulator, resulting in the introduction of such credit risk sharing transactions in the region. We hope to continue such dialogues with regulators across the region to further open up Asian markets for credit risk sharing transactions”

“I am very proud of our teams for their tremendous effort and perseverance in delivering this landmark transaction, which paves the way for us to extend this to other markets,” said Elena Lee, Head of Balance Sheet Securitisation, Standard Chartered. “I would also like to thank our longstanding investor partners for their strong support all these years. This transaction leverages on an already well-established credit risk sharing platform at Standard Chartered and opens up a new avenue for our Asian subsidiary to further optimise our balance sheet capital and achieve better returns.”

Tony Persson, Alecta’s head of Fixed Income and Strategy, shared: “We are very pleased to add another risk sharing transaction with Standard Chartered. The transaction fits well with the long-term strategy of our fund and its 2.6 million customers. By adding this part of Standard Chartered’s Asian exposure it broadens our geographical diversification further within the credit risk sharing space.”

About PGGM

PGGM is a not-for-profit cooperative pension fund service provider. As a pensions administrator, asset manager and advisor to pension fund boards, it executes its social mandate: to provide for good old-age incomes for 4.4 million participants in the Netherlands. On June 30, 2022 PGGM managed long-term pension capital of EUR 241 billion worldwide. Rooted firmly in the Dutch healthcare sector, PGGM develops innovative provisions for labour market issues in this sector, alone or with strategic partners. Our member organisation PGGM&CO supports 764,000 workers and pensioners with a background in healthcare. 

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Alecta manages collectively agreed occupational pensions. Since 1917, our mission has been to provide the best possible occupational pensions for our corporate and private customers. We focus on high returns, great customer service and low costs. We manage approximately 1100 billion SEK for our owners – 2,6 million private clients, and 35 000 corporate clients.

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