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 you meeting your record-keeping duties
    9 January 2017

    On 30 November 2016, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published various papers relating to record-keeping. TPR has said that many schemes are not meeting its record-keeping expectations and has confirmed that it will require trustees to report on their record-keeping in the scheme return.

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    January 2017 and a Happy New Year to all
    6 January 2017

    It’s been a rollercoaster year, but we reached the end. Bond yields slid downwards over the year and, like many of us, were at their lowest ebb at the end of the summer holidays. Yields have since climbed, but took a dip at the end of the year as festivities kicked in. Whether we’ve emerged unscathed by political events is yet to be determined and we will have to wait and see what 2017 will bring. 

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    Ten key dates for 2017
    5 January 2017
    2016 was another eventful year for pensions with 6 April 2016 seeing the introduction of the new state pension and the final demise of contracting out. However, the major reforms to pensions taxation that had been anticipated failed to materialise in the 2016 Budget.
     
    2017 looks set to be another busy year for pensions, with  a number of key dates for the diary ahead of us.

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    Will CPI change in 2017?
    13 December 2016

    ​On 10 November 2016, it was announced that, from March 2017, CPIH would become the Office for National Statistics’ preferred measure of inflation. In this note we consider the potential impact on occupational pension schemes and other recent developments on consumer price indices.

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    The Times They Are a-Changin’
    5 December 2016

    Whilst it is probably fair to say that Bob Dylan’s 1964 folk classic ‘The Times They Are a-Changin’’ was not focused on defined benefit (DB) pension schemes (which for some reason are rarely an inspiration for songwriters), the lyrics penned by this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature could be used to describe the pensions landscape as we near the end of 2016.

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    Speak direct to our specialists in this area
    Richard Jones
    Principal
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