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

 
    Autumn Statement 2016: steady as she goes?
    23 November 2016

    The Autumn Statement was a relatively quiet affair from a pensions perspective, with only a few minor announcements. However, in some ways, it was perhaps too quiet, with no hint as to whether further changes are planned to the framework of pensions taxation. Arguably we have no more idea of the new Chancellor’s views on what incentives should be given for people to save for the long term and/or their retirement than we had before he stood up at the despatch box.

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    PPF consultation on the 2017/18 levy and other publications
    27 October 2016

    ​On 22 September 2016, the Board of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) published a consultation document on the 2017/18 levy. The consultation closes on 31 October 2016 and only minor changes are proposed. The PPF has also recently published other consultations and documents.

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    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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    Richard Jones
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