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.


 Insights and views

    The debate on how to measure scheme funding liabilities
    6 October 2016
    “Pension Scheme liabilities are at all time highs” and “Gilt yields are at all time lows” are some of the current headlines within the defined benefit (DB) pension world so you could be forgiven for concluding that UK DB pensions are systematically in crisis. However, should liabilities and gilt yields be as closely linked as the headlines suggest? This quarter we focus on alternative discount rate methodologies for funding purposes and take a look at expected accounting assumptions at 30 September 2016. We also provide our usual updates on PPF levies and the buy-out market.  Read full bulletin here
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    Stormy waters ahead for pensions?
    6 September 2016

    ​Whilst we may have seen fewer thunderstorms this year than in previous summers, there has been no shortage of developments which could signal stormy weather ahead for pensions, including a Cabinet reshuffle, recent high-profile developments relating to the British Steel and BHS pension schemes and the prospect of a new Pensions Bill. All this takes place in the context of the vote to leave the European Union, which we have already considered in our briefing note ‘What does Brexit mean for pension schemes?’.

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    21st century trusteeship and governance
    24 August 2016

    ​In July 2016, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published a discussion paper on how trustee boards can meet the challenge of pension scheme governance in the changing pensions and economic landscape of the 21st century. TPR is seeking views by 9 September 2016 on a number of topics, including whether there should be minimum qualifications for professional trustees or Chairs of trustees and whether Chairs should be required to produce a governance statement for defined benefit (DB) schemes.

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    What does Brexit mean for pension schemes?
    26 July 2016

    On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU, but it remains unclear when our exit (otherwise known as ‘Brexit’) might be triggered and on what terms. In the face of such uncertainty, trustees and sponsors of pension schemes should be considering the short-term effects on their funding and planning for the possible longer-term implications of Brexit.

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    What options are there for managing the DC governance burden?
    20 July 2016

    ​In November 2013 the Regulator introduced a Code of Practice (Code) for the governance and administration of trust based DC schemes. Legislation came into force on 6 April 2015 introducing further requirements, including a mandatory annual Chair’s statement. A new update Code, together with accompanying guidance, is to come into force on 28 July. This note explores the options available to trustees and sponsors looking to manage their DC governance burden.

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