In this blog, Dan Mikulskis asks how well you have TESTED the impact of your covenant on your investment strategy.
I am an expert covenant, pensions strategy and integrated risk advisor to trustees and corporate sponsors. As a Chartered Accountant with a combined MSc in Actuarial Science and Corporate Finance, I am able to combine actuarial, investment, financial and economic insights when advising my clients on their covenant strength.
I provide my clients with covenant advisory, strategic journey planning and integrated risk management advice. My broad experience includes advising on TPR regulatory actions, M&A transactions involving FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, triennial covenant reviews, contingent asset structure and certification, scheme restructuring and flexible apportionment arrangements.
In addition I sit on LCP’s Pension Scheme Risk Management Group, and am the co-designer and the lead covenant advisor for LCP’s market leading interactive risk management tool LCP Sonar, designed to help trustees and sponsors understand their covenant, investment and funding risks and how they interact with each other.
My other passion is for diversity, having founded LCP's LGBT+ Network, which I now co-chair. This network forms a key part of the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives that are core to LCP’s corporate values. I believe that everyone can make a difference to improve inclusivity, equality and diversity - which is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do.
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2015 with Saffery Champness in London, having previously graduated with an MSc in Actuarial Finance from Leeds University Business School, and a MA Cantab in Economics from Cambridge University, Gonville & Caius College.
With a lack of an all-round knowledge in pensions, LCP provide clear and understandable information when asked which makes my decision making easier.
Our latest thinking
Following the Government’s 2018 White Paper, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) has been ramping up its guidance on how schemes should be funded and managed – the Annual Funding statements of 2018 and 2019 as well as more recent TPR blogs have clearly signalled a direction of travel toward a new world of DB pensions regulation and oversight.
In this report we analyse pension scheme approaches to risk and set out a blueprint for trustees to navigate the journey to securing member benefits.3 July 2019
LCP Sonar benchmarks schemes by looking at financial data covering covenant, funding and investment risks, to see where they stack up compared to other pension schemes. Trustees can see the importance of considering a scheme’s risk profile as a whole, and understanding how these risks interact. It also highlights governance risk, with helpful actions in key governance areas to illustrate best practice.18 September 2018
How I have helped our clients
Our new report sets out a blueprint for trustees to navigate their journey to securing member benefits.
How I can help
LCP Sonar, our risk profiling tool, benchmarks your scheme against other pension schemes, covering covenant, funding and investment risks. You can quickly see how your scheme’s risk profile compares to others and think about the key risks for you.Meet the experts
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