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

 
    Briefing Note: Is it RIP for RPI?
    26 February 2015

    ​At the beginning of January 2015, the UK Statistics Authority published an independent review of UK consumer price statistics. Amongst other things, the review recommends that government and regulators work towards ending the use of RPI as soon as practicable.

     

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    Issue 9: Flexiday - Where are we now?
    12 January 2015

    It is now over nine months since the Chancellor announced his Flexiday proposals to allow members of defined contribution (DC) schemes more flexible access to their benefits. This briefing note reviews where we are now in the process of implementing Flexiday in law – and what we are still waiting for (with three months to go).

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    Corporate Bulletin: Quarter 4 2014 update
    9 January 2015

    ​Welcome to the 2014 year-end edition of our quarterly bulletin aimed at defined benefit (DB) sponsors. We provide an overview of market conditions and the range of accounting assumptions sponsors may wish to use for their annual disclosures at 31 December 2014 alongside market news regarding pension buy-outs and de-risking, and an update on PPF issues.

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    Countdown to Flexiday Briefing Note Issue 8 - DC trusts - implement or facilitate?
    9 December 2014

    Amidst continued media excitement about the new flexibilities, trustees of defined contribution (DC) schemes and sections now need to decide exactly how they will implement the new flexibilities.

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    Autumn Statement Pensions Update
    4 December 2014
    The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was light on pensions details. This will have come as a welcome relief to most of those involved in pension schemes, who are still reeling from the implications of the Budget announcement and the seemingly endless series of amendments to the two pensions Bills before Parliament.
     
    The only significant new announcement was that beneficiaries of people who die under the age of 75 with a joint life or guaranteed term annuity will be able to receive any future payments from such policies tax-free. This will only apply where no payments have been made to beneficiaries before Flexiday (6 April 2015). The tax rules will also be changed to allow joint life annuities to be paid to any beneficiary. Where the member was over 75 at death, the beneficiary will pay income tax at their marginal rate, or 45% if the funds are taken as a lump sum payment (marginal rate from 2016/17).
     
    These changes will largely align the tax treatment of annuities on death with the treatment already proposed for drawdown and lump sums. This does not appear to apply to scheme pensions from defined benefit schemes, although we await further details of the proposals.
     
    The Government has also confirmed that it will not make changes to the age limit of 75 at which tax relief can be claimed on pension contributions.
     
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    Speak direct to our specialists in this area
    Sankar Mahalingham
    Principal
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    020 3327 5000