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

 
    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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    Deficits of UK DB schemes reach all-time high
    6 July 2016

    Brexit impacts will be evident on companies’ balance sheets at 30 June 2016, with historically low bond yields leading to lower discount rates which in turn increase the value of DB pension liabilities. We take a look at what Brexit means for sponsors of DB pension schemes, and in particular the immediate impact on accounting assumptions. We also cover the pensions problems currently being experienced by BHS and British Steel, as well as the usual updates on PPF levies and the buy-out market.

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    Pension scheme levies 2016/17
    21 June 2016

    ​Pension schemes are subject to a number of different levies. This briefing note collates previously published information to help schemes understand how much they can expect to pay in 2016/17.

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    Scheme funding: the regulator’s ninth analysis
    21 June 2016

    ​In June 2016, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its ninth annual analysis of valuations and recovery plans, covering valuations with an effective date falling in the year to 21 September 2014. The analysis covers scheme demographics, assumptions used and details of recovery plans.

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    Does British Steel consultation open up Pandora’s box?
    8 June 2016

    ​On 26 May 2016, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) issued a consultation setting out a range of radical options that could potentially help the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS). Whilst the consultation is apparently only focused on the BSPS, it opens up the question of whether similar options could be made available to any pension scheme with a weak employer. Some of the options proposed could also have implications for PPF levy payers.

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    Richard Jones
    Principal
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    020 3327 5000