How we helped T H WHITE secure members’ pensions in full and ultimately wind-up their DB scheme with surplus refunded to support TH White's future growth
Pensions & benefits
Corporate change can often occur unexpectedly or quickly.
For those sponsoring or managing pension schemes, the implications can be significant. DB pension liabilities and future DC pension arrangements, along with associated employee benefits, are a key consideration in any commercial transaction today.
Whether your business is involved in M&A, restructuring, insolvency or a changing financial situation, we help corporates and trustees prepare for and deal with the impact.
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How we help corporates
Our team have a proven track record of providing focused and commercially valuable pensions advice when there is corporate change in progress or in the pipeline. Our M&A specialists work alongside our wider corporate and pensions advisory teams to ensure that the advice we provide has been considered from all angles, that it is technically sound, and that it focuses on the key areas of pensions significance for any transaction. Our international practice and network of partner firms means that we can also advise on the pension and post-retirement commitments in any jurisdiction using experts in any particular region.
We support our clients from the beginning to the end of any change project, including strategy advice, “red flag” reports, due diligence, regulatory considerations, negotiations, accounting impacts, risk reporting, and implementation.
How we help trustees
If the sponsor of your DB scheme is going through significant change, trustees have a responsibility to act to protect the security of members’ benefits. We work with trustee boards well in advance of any corporate change taking place to ensure that they consider what impact changes could have on their scheme, and in particular on the employer’s covenant.
When change takes place, we help our clients to consider the detailed implications for the covenant and the members and work with them to find the best ways to protect members’ benefits. Timescales are often tight and our experienced teams are used to analysing the situation and producing robust, pragmatic and actionable advice quickly when required. We then help trustees in negotiating with the employer (and other parties who may be involved) and implementing any solutions.
How we have helped our clients
The associated risk and costs of the defined benefit pension commitment being inherited had not yet been considered. This could have had a huge impact on the company’s finances. We helped our client undertake the necessary due diligence which reduced the purchase price of the M&A transaction.
We helped a top food retailer gain insight on its current pension position and help develop a robust pension plan.
How we modelled future share plan costs for a global mining group as part of an M&A project.
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News Alert: the DWP has today published guidance to using its existing GMP conversion legislation to tackle the 17 May 1990 – 5 April 1997 Guaranteed Minimum Pension inequality issue. This is a significant development, but much more needs to be done before schemes will be able to use this approach with confidence to resolve GMP inequalities.18 April 2019
In this blog, Alasdair Mayes explores the DWP's publication on GMP conversion guidance and what this means for the future.18 April 2019
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