EUROPE - Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe was crowned Best European Institutional Investor last night at a glittering event in Amsterdam to celebrate this year's IPE Real Estate Awards 2009.

The German pension fund picked up three awards in total as along with the platinum title it also won a gold award as Best Large European institutional investor and a silver award as Best Investor in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Andrea Carpenter, director of research and market information at INREV, the European Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles, was also presented with a platinum award for Outstanding Industry Contribution to the real estate sector - an award voted for IPE Real Estate readers.

West Midlands Pension Fund was rewarded the work conducted to manage its real estate portfolio with both a gold award as Best Medium Institutional Investor and a Silver Award as Best Investor in the UK and Ireland.

ATP, the giant Danish pension fund, also won two silver awards as Best Institutional Investor in the Nordics and Best Opportunistic Investment, while Gothaer also won two silver titles as Best Innovation and Best Portfolio Construction.

The full list of winners is as follows:

 Platinum awards

Best European Institutional Investor             Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe Outstanding Industry Contribution                 Andrea Carpenter

 Gold awards

Best Large European Institutional Investor    Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe Best Medium European Institutional Investor  West Midlands Pension Fund Best Small European Institutional Investor     APK Best Investment Consultancy                         Mercer

 Silver (regional) awards

Best European Institutional Investor in Benelux/France    Pensioenfonds KBC Best European Institutional Investor in Austria/Germany/Switzerland    Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe Best European Institutional Investor in Nordics                ATP Best European Institutional Investor in UK and Ireland    West Midlands Pension Fund

 Silver (themed) awards

Best Core Investment                                     BVK Best Direct Investment                                   Lansforsakringar Liv Best Indirect Investment                                 VBV Best Innovation                                               Gothaer Best Opportunistic Investment                        ATP Best Portfolio Construction                             Gothaer

Congratulations from all at IPE Real Estate to the winners and a big thank you to all our sponsors as well as everyone who joined us in Amsterdam for yesterday's IPE Real Estate Forum & Awards 2009.