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.


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.


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    ​The Chancellor has promised to give his response to the consultation on possible fundamental changes to the tax system in his Budget speech on 16 March. While we do not yet know what he will propose, there is widespread speculation that he may be planning to announce a system under which pensions are subject to a uniform rate of tax relief.

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    PPF confirms details of 2016/17 levy
    15 January 2016

    ​On 17 December 2015, the Board of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) published final details of how the 2016/17 levy will be calculated.

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    IRM… what does it look like?
    15 January 2016

    ​In December 2015 the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its long-awaited guidance on what Integrated Risk Management (IRM) may look like and how trustees should go about putting it in place. The guidance effectively expands the material on IRM provided in Code of Practice 3: Funding of defined benefits, which has been effective since July 2014.

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    Ten key dates for trustee diaries in 2016
    8 January 2016

    ​2015 was one of the busiest years ever for pensions, with the introduction of the new pensions freedoms in April 2015 creating particular challenges for the trustees of both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. A look ahead at some of the key dates in trustees’ calendars shows that there will certainly be no slowing of the pace in 2016. In addition, there are a few possible developments that we may see in 2016 that could have the potential to blow existing pensions planning completely out of the water.

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    Hot topics for companies in January 2016
    5 January 2016

    ​An increase in the level of corporate bond yields is positive news for pension scheme accounting deficits and company balance sheets. We take a look at market conditions and accounting assumptions at the 31 December 2015 year end in more detail.

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