Corporate transactions and restructuring

Failure to take adequate care of pension arrangements in a corporate transaction can turn a good purchase into a costly mistake. Whilst pension issues often represent a significant part of a transaction, with the right support they need not be a deal-breaker. Our dedicated team, Punter Southall Transaction Services, can provide succinct, commercial advice to vendors, purchasers, and other corporate entities ensuring any sale, purchase or restructuring runs smoothly and pension liabilities are effectively managed.
 

 Overview

 
Punter Southall Transaction Services can:
  • undertake full international pension due diligence
  • find the best pension solution to maximise value or minimise loss in a corporate transaction
  • negotiate with the pension scheme trustees and target company to provide clarity and certainty on future pension commitments
  • advise on implications of a proposed restructuring or refinancing, and ensure the pension scheme is managed in tandem with any of these corporate activities
  • assist purchasers propose tailored investment strategies to trustees for existing defined benefit pension schemes
  • help investigate ways of minimising and managing the risk and costs associated with defined benefit pension schemes in advance of sale
  • structure post-acquisition solutions for clients including establishing new pension arrangements
Our Transaction Services team has strong private equity relationships, providing advice to more than 25% of London-based firms. To visit the Punter Southall Transaction Services website, please click here.

 

 Insights and views

 
    Are pension schemes changing their approach to bulk annuities?
    11 August 2017

    It has been 10 years since the term ‘buy-in’ was coined. Initially buy-ins were for all pensioners in a scheme. As the market has evolved and schemes have become more sophisticated in their approach, subsets of pensioner liabilities are now being insured. We are working with clients to build bulk annuity purchases into their journey plans to get them to buy-out efficiently. This approach brings with it questions and decisions for trustees.

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    Scheme funding: the Regulator’s tenth analysis
    3 July 2017

    In June 2017, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its tenth annual analysis of valuations and recovery plans, covering valuations with an effective date between 22 September 2014 and 21 September 2015. The analysis covers scheme demographics, assumptions used and details of recovery plans.

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    Pension scheme levies 2017/18
    3 July 2017

    ​Pension schemes are subject to a number of different levies. This briefing note collates previously published information to help schemes understand how much they can expect to pay in 2017/18.

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    Queen’s Speech: 27 proposed Bills but no Pensions Bill
    21 June 2017

    ​Today (21 June 2017), the Queen announced the Government’s legislative programme for the next two years, rather than the usual one, at the State Opening of Parliament. As expected, Brexit bills dominate the Government’s agenda, with a host of proposed new laws designed to prepare the UK for a ‘smooth and orderly’ departure from the European Union. 

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    IRM – Are you maximising the chance of achieving your pension scheme’s objectives?
    14 June 2017

    Integrated risk management (IRM) was a key theme of the annual funding statement published by the Pensions Regulator (TPR) in May 2017. An effective IRM approach can inform trustee and sponsor decisions on a scheme’s long-term strategy.

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    Richard Jones
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