We are proud to have led the £440 million P&O Pension Scheme buy-in with Rothesay, announced today.

Our risk transfer team, together with BW’s long-standing actuarial team, identified a buy-in opportunity for the scheme, and led collaboration across all parties to successfully secure this transaction within nine months of our appointment as risk transfer adviser.

Rothesay was selected following a robust insurance market review, which included a competitive and comprehensive selection process. The buy-in means that the benefits for all the scheme’s members are now insured. The scheme previously completed a buy-in to cover its existing pensioners in 2007.

"We are delighted to complete this transaction with Rothesay, improving security for members’ benefits. The Trustee Board would like to thank Barnett Waddingham as both lead adviser on the transaction and scheme actuary."
Steve Delo Chair of Trustees, P&O Pension Scheme

We acted as actuarial and transaction advisers.

Róisín O’Shea, Business Development at Rothesay, said: “It is always pleasing when an existing client chooses to work with us again to protect its members’ pensions, and we are delighted to secure the benefits of the remaining members of the scheme through this second buy-in. Rothesay’s capital strength, dedicated pricing team and proven ability to execute means we are incredibly well-placed to convert the exciting new business opportunities we are continuing to see in a very buoyant bulk annuity market.” 

Rosie Fantom, Head of Bulk Annuities and Risk Transfer Partner at BW, said: “Reaching this significant milestone for the members is testimony to the hard work of the trustee, company and all the parties who have worked together on the transaction. This buy-in has been completed within nine months of our appointment as risk transfer adviser.”

Robert Hawkes, Scheme Actuary and Partner at BW, said: “The scheme has been so well run for many years enabling the trustee to act when opportunities have presented themselves. From the investment strategy and funding plan to the data and benefit projects, the scheme has continued to push beyond the expected, culminating in such a good outcome for the scheme and members overall."

"We guided the trustee through focussed preparations and driving a competitive process in an exceptionally busy risk transfer market. As one of BW’s longstanding scheme actuary clients, we were able to identify a market opportunity and help the trustee to respond quickly. We are very pleased to have led the trustees through this important process for the scheme and its members."
Rosie Fantom Head of Bulk Annuities and Risk Transfer Partner, Barnett Waddingham

Eversheds Sutherland worked alongside BW to provide legal advice to the trustee. 

Sarah Swift and Rosamund Wood at Eversheds Sutherland said: “We are delighted to have worked with our longstanding client on this important journey, culminating in the execution of the scheme’s second buy-in policy with Rothesay. This transaction has been a testament to the collaboration, dedication and hard work of the trustee board, pensions team and advisers, resulting in a fantastic outcome for members.”

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