Global consulting

Our global consultancy team provides benefit strategy and review services helping multinational companies ensure they are not only compliant within various jurisdictions but also providing their worldwide employee benefits in the most efficient manner.


International solutions include:
  • Multinational Risk Pooling
  • Asset Pooling
  • Pan European Pensions (IORPs)
  • International Retirement Plans
  • International medical & employee benefits
  • Employee Benefit Captives
  • Healthcare and wellbeing
Our approach

We work with employers to:
  • understand their global employee benefits provision
  • ensure employee benefit compliance within various jurisdictions
  • design and implement cost efficient cross border solutions
  • draft clear, comprehensive investment policy statements
  • develop and maintain an in-depth and well-defined governance framework
  • provide relevant information to employees and plan members
We start by reviewing the international employee landscape, assessing the specific needs of our client and reviewing their existing benefit arrangements globally. We then provide strategic advice on the most appropriate global strategy going forward. This includes work on benefit design and implementation advice in order to help improve efficiencies, costs, employee understanding, initial and ongoing governance and education and training.


 Insights and views

    An update on European pensions developments
    25 February 2016

    Aside from the drama of the launch of the EU Referendum campaigns, the last few weeks have also seen two key European pensions developments. On 25 January 2016, the European Parliament voted on amendments to the revised IORP (Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision) Directive, whilst the following day EIOPA (the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) published the results of its first stress tests into pensions. This briefing note looks at where these developments leave European pensions policy.

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    Jane Beverley discusses the impact of Europe on UK Pension schemes
    16 October 2015
    View our latest video by Jane Beverley​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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    EIOPA presses ahead with holistic balance sheet
    14 November 2014
    On 13 October 2014, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published a further consultation on the holistic balance sheet. A few days later, on 23 October, the European Commission issued the latest
    draft of its revised Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORP) directive. This briefing note looks at these latest developments in European pensions regulation.​
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    Pension Schemes Bill redefines pensions (again)
    14 July 2014

    The Chancellor’s Budget announcement of greater flexibility over retirement benefits has led to a major reinterpretation of what the word ‘pension’ means in a defined contribution context. Meanwhile, the Department for Work and Pensions
    (DWP) has been working on its own redefinition of pensions in a wider context, in the shape of the Pension Schemes Bill, which was laid before Parliament on 26 June 2014.


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    High Earners & Contributors: Survival Guide
    10 September 2012
    Update: September 2012
    We are now producing additional survival guides on some of the more technical aspects of the new taxation regime. If you would like to see any of these notes, please contact Sarah Tolson for a copy.

    14: Multiple Normal Pension Ages and the annual allowance
    13: Scheme pays in the year of retirement
    12: How deferred members may be caught by the annual allowance charge
    11: Using pension benefits to pay the annual allowance charge: scheme pays in practice

    10: HMRC provides further detail on fixed protection
    9: HMRC revises its interpretation of the carry-forward rules
    Further notes will cover topics such as on the ‘carve-out’ from the annual allowance for deferred members, the valuation of benefits for the purpose of the annual allowance and the new ‘scheme pays’ provisions.
    In the 2009 Budget, the Government announced fundamental changes to the way that pensions will be taxed from 2011 for high earners and introduced immediate measures designed to prevent individuals increasing their pension savings in anticipation of these changes.

    These changes will affect not just high earning individuals but also companies, trustees and pensions managers. At the Punter Southall Group, we can draw on a range of expertise to enable us to provide advice to all of these parties. We can ensure that:
    • companies have the right remuneration strategy in place for their key staff;
    • individuals make the right decisions on their pension based on their circumstances; and
    • trustees can implement the new information and administration requirements effectively.
    We are now launching our “High Earners & Contributors: Survival Guide”. Through a series of straightforward and focused briefing notes, we will help you to develop an understanding of the changes ahead and keep you up to date with developments as they occur.


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    DC Pensions Bulletin - February 2012
    20 February 2012
    In this issue
    • Clearing of the in-trays
    • Clearing of the in-trays: speed read
    • QROPS
    • Other recent developments
    • Publications round-up
    • Dates for your diary

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    Will the ‘holistic balance sheet’ prove to be Solvency II by the back door?
    23 November 2011
    On 25 October 2011, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published a consultation paper on its draft advice to the European Commission (EC) to help the EC’s review of the Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORP) directive. This review could have very significant implications for the funding of UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes if it results in a funding regime similar to the Solvency II directive regime for insurers.

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    Pensions bulletin - October 2011
    13 October 2011
    In this issue
    • Back to work for the Pensions Minister
    • Back to work: speed read
    • Behind the scenes
    • Other recent developments
    • Publications round-up
    • Dates for your diary

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    Pensions bulletin - July 2011
    1 July 2011
    In this issue:
    • Policy focus: one year on from the Coalition’s first Budget
      Policy focus: speed read
    •  Behind the scenes
    •  Other recent developments
    •  Publications round-up
    •  Dates for your diary
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    EC calls for advice on review of IORP directive
    27 May 2011
    In April 2011, the European Commission (EC) issued a Call for Advice from the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) to prepare for the Commission’s planned review of the Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORP) directive.

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    Test-Achats: are the days now numbered for sex-specific actuarial factors?
    1 April 2011
    On 1 March 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) passed judgment on the Test-Achats case. This case was widely reported in the press for its impact on insurance premiums which will need to be equal for men and women from 21 December 2012. Although it concerned insurance contracts, the case could also potentially affect UK occupational pension schemes.


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