EUROPE - Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe (AeVWL) was crowned Best European Institutional Investor last night at a glittering event in Amsterdam to celebrate this year's IPE Real Estate Awards 2010.

It was the second year in a row the German pension won the platinum award. AeVWL also picked up three gold awards on the night: Best Large European Institutional Investor, Best Direct Investment, and Best Core Investment.

The platinum award for Outstanding Industry Contribution went to the initiative set up jointly by APG, PGGM and Universities Superannuation Scheme, in conjunction with Maastricht University, to establish a global environmental benchmark for the property sector.

Danish pension fund Finanssektorens Pensionskasse (FSP) won the gold award for Best Medium Institutional Investor, while Belgium's Pensioenfonds KBC and France's ERAFP also won gold awards for Best Small Institutional Investor and Best Newcomer 2010, respectively.

ATP, the giant Danish pension fund, also won a total of four silver awards as Best Portfolio Construction, Best Opportunistic Investment, Best Private Equity and Best Value-added Investment.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Platinum awards

Best European Institutional Investor                 AeVWL Outstanding Industry Contribution                    APG/PGGM/USS

Gold awards

Best Large European Institutional Investor       AeVWL Best Medium European Institutional Investor   Finanssektorens Pensionskasse Best Small European Institutional Investor       Pensioenfonds KBC Best Newcomer 2010                                       ERAFP Best Investment Consultancy                           Mercer

Silver (regional) awards

Best European Institutional Investor in Benelux/France
Altera Vastgoed NV Best European Institutional Investor in Austria/Germany/Switzerland
Generali Deutschland Immobilien Gmbh Best European Institutional Investor in Nordics
PFA Best European Institutional Investor in UK and Ireland
The Wellcome Trust

Silver (themed) awards

Best Portfolio Construction                               ATP Best Core Investment                                      AeVWL
Best Opportunistic Investment                         ATP
Best Innovation                                               APK Best Private Equity                                          ATP Best Direct Investment                                    AeVWL Best Indirect Investment                                 Gothaer Best Value-added Investment                          ATP

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 2010.