J.P. Morgan makes strategic investment in technology innovator and workplace pensions provider, Smart Pension

The company has taken a minority equity stake in the firm as part of Smart’s new strategic placement funding round, bringing total funds raised to date to c.£50m.

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4/2/2019


J.P. Morgan has made a strategic investment in technology innovator and UK workplace pensions provider, Smart Pension.

The company has taken a minority equity stake in the firm as part of Smart’s new strategic placement funding round, bringing total funds raised to date to c.£50m.

The news comes as Smart, one the UK’s largest providers of workplace pensions, continues to build its stature as a leading player in the UK DC landscape and takes its savings platform technology into fresh global markets.In October last year, Smart announced it had won an international competitive tender to deliver a pensions technology platform for New Ireland Assurance, one of Ireland’s leading life insurance, pensions and investment businesses.

The fast-growing UK-based fintech is now in early-stage conversations with new strategic partners globally.

Andrew Evans, Smart Pension co-founder and CEO, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment from J.P. Morgan, as it signifies a positive step in our growth and international reach. From the outset our objective has been to put user engagement and experience at the heart of everything we do, utilising technology to build an unrivalled platform. Our journey has just started, the opportunities to disrupt and do things differently in this sector are staggering, and we will be leading the way.”

Anne Lester, Global Head of Retirement Solutions, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, will take a non-executive seat on the Smart board.  She said: “We are investing in pensions and savings solutions and technology capabilities to help investors achieve better financial outcomes, reinforcing our commitment to putting clients first in every aspect of our business. Smart Pension has demonstrated how financial technology can have a positive impact by making it easier both for people to save for retirement and for companies to offer pension plans to their employees.”

Will Wynne, Smart Pension co-founder and MD, said: “In October we won our first international competitive tender to build a savings technology platform in Ireland. This gives us an opportunity to demonstrate how our unique proprietary dynamic technology is plugging a huge gap in the workplace savings platform market, and performing on a global scale. We are now in early stage conversations with new strategic partners as the world’s financial institutions grapple with regulatory change and legacy technology.”

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J.P. Morgan makes strategic investment in technology innovator and workplace pensions provider, Smart Pension

The company has taken a minority equity stake in the firm as part of Smart’s new strategic placement funding round, bringing total funds raised to date to c.£50m.


J.P. Morgan has made a strategic investment in technology innovator and UK workplace pensions provider, Smart Pension.

The company has taken a minority equity stake in the firm as part of Smart’s new strategic placement funding round, bringing total funds raised to date to c.£50m.

The news comes as Smart, one the UK’s largest providers of workplace pensions, continues to build its stature as a leading player in the UK DC landscape and takes its savings platform technology into fresh global markets.In October last year, Smart announced it had won an international competitive tender to deliver a pensions technology platform for New Ireland Assurance, one of Ireland’s leading life insurance, pensions and investment businesses.

The fast-growing UK-based fintech is now in early-stage conversations with new strategic partners globally.

Andrew Evans, Smart Pension co-founder and CEO, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment from J.P. Morgan, as it signifies a positive step in our growth and international reach. From the outset our objective has been to put user engagement and experience at the heart of everything we do, utilising technology to build an unrivalled platform. Our journey has just started, the opportunities to disrupt and do things differently in this sector are staggering, and we will be leading the way.”

Anne Lester, Global Head of Retirement Solutions, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, will take a non-executive seat on the Smart board.  She said: “We are investing in pensions and savings solutions and technology capabilities to help investors achieve better financial outcomes, reinforcing our commitment to putting clients first in every aspect of our business. Smart Pension has demonstrated how financial technology can have a positive impact by making it easier both for people to save for retirement and for companies to offer pension plans to their employees.”

Will Wynne, Smart Pension co-founder and MD, said: “In October we won our first international competitive tender to build a savings technology platform in Ireland. This gives us an opportunity to demonstrate how our unique proprietary dynamic technology is plugging a huge gap in the workplace savings platform market, and performing on a global scale. We are now in early stage conversations with new strategic partners as the world’s financial institutions grapple with regulatory change and legacy technology.”

About Smart

Smart is a global savings and investments technology platform provider. Its mission is to transform retirement, savings and financial well-being around the world.

Smart partners with governments and financial institutions (including insurers, asset managers, banks, financial advisers) to deliver retirement savings and income solutions that are digital, bespoke and cost efficient. In addition to the UK, Smart is operating in the USA, Europe, Australia and the Middle East with more than a million savers entrusting over £4 billion in assets on the platform. 

Smart supports its clients with a 750 strong global team.

Legal & General, Fidelity International Strategic Ventures, J.P. Morgan, the Link Group, Barclays, Natixis Investment Managers, DWS Group and Chrysalis Investments are all investors in Smart.

We tweet as @SmartPensionUK.

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