Legal & General Capital (LGC) announces that Gareth Mee, a partner at EY, has been appointed to lead their financial operations from January 2022 as Chief Financial Officer.
18 Oct 2021
The announcement follows LGC’s Capital Markets Event last week which set out plans for the business to generate up to £600m in profit from alternative assets by 2025. Its key ambitions include growing its alternative asset portfolio to £5bn by 2025 and generating returns of around 10% to 12% per annum, across its key focus areas of housing, SME finance, specialist commercial real estate and clean energy.
Gareth has been brought on board to help LGC in meeting these ambitious targets, and to support its aims of bolstering its attractive risk-adjusted returns for shareholders, structuring attractive long-duration investments for its retirement arm, Legal & General Retirement, and attracting significant further third-party capital.
Gareth has a proven track record in managing and building big teams, as well as developing people and culture. Currently overseeing a team of around 250 people, Gareth is Head of EY’s UK actuarial team, covering life insurance, general insurance, pensions, investments and sustainable finance, and Global Head of Investment Advisory – a practice he established in 2012.
Laura Mason, CEO of Legal & General Capital: “Gareth will be a fantastic addition to the team, with strong sector and technical ability to support our growth and clear alignment with LGC’s mission. With his background in developing EY’s UK Sustainable Finance Consulting practice, Gareth will continue to support LGC in its strong purpose and values that drive its direct investments into the UK to address climate change, back innovation and create the assets that society needs.”
Gareth Mee: “LGC has built a strong, scalable platform which is creating attractive pipelines of investable assets, whilst meeting its purpose to invest society’s capital for society’s benefit. I am delighted to be joining the business at this crucial time in its growth cycle to support its significant profit growth ambitions and help lead the business through its next exciting chapter.”
Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK's leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with over £1.2 trillion in total assets under management* of which 39% is international. We have a unique and highly synergistic business model, which continues to drive strong returns. Legal & General provides powerful asset origination and management capabilities directly to clients, which also underpin our leading retirement and protection solutions. We are a leading international player in Pension Risk Transfer, in UK and US life insurance, and in UK workplace pensions and retirement income. Our purpose is to improve the lives of our customers and create value for our shareholders. Through inclusive capitalism, we are investing in long-term assets, such as real estate and infrastructure, that can help build a better society for the future.
Legal & General Capital (LGC) is Legal & General Group’s alternative asset platform, creating assets for Legal & General Retirement and third-party clients in order to achieve improved risk-adjusted returns for our shareholders. LGC has built its capabilities in a range of alternative sectors, including in residential property; specialist commercial real estate; clean energy; alternative credit; and venture capital, which are all supported by long-term structural growth drivers, meet a financing gap and respond to a scarcity of supply that is underpinned by enduring societal needs.
Its purpose is to invest society’s capital for society’s benefit. Investing in the real economy and supporting the Group’s focus on climate and inclusive capitalism, LGC’s investments create jobs, change lives and contribute towards a net zero carbon future.
Legal & General has invested over £29bn in levelling-up regional economies, including through major UK-wide regeneration schemes and has recently made a commitment to enable all its new homes to operate at net zero carbon emissions from 2030.
*at 31 Jun 2021