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Barnett Waddingham
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Our expanding client base includes many household name multinationals as well as less well-known SMEs.

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Many employers have taken steps to limit their pension scheme exposure by closing their DB scheme to new entrants and increasingly to future accrual. This still leaves them with a legacy liability that needs to be managed. Winding up the scheme immediately is not a viable option for most employers but a coordinated de-risking strategy could be established to exploit opportunities as they arise. 

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Many trustees and employers are actively considering the option of insuring their scheme liabilities with a bulk annuity insurer through a buy-out or buy-in policy. When considering a buy-out or buy-in of a scheme's liabilities, it is important that the trustees and employer prepare carefully for a transaction in advance so that a deal can be completed efficiently.

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The funding positions of pension schemes disclosed in company accounts can be highly volatile. It is vital that company directors understand the possible impact their final salary scheme can have on the company balance sheet and the profit and loss position. 

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The ever increasing compliance burden placed on trustees is inevitably leading them to play ‘hard ball’ with their sponsoring employers over the funding of schemes. Therefore, it will often be beneficial for employers to seek independent advice to support their negotiations with the Trustees.

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The levy is often a significant expense for an employer to bear and although addressed to the trustees the cost will ultimately fall on the employer. It is therefore important for employers to explore every possible option for minimising the levy. 

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More flexible working practices and greater diversity in the workplace have resulted in greater variety in employee benefit packages. 

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One of the most financially significant aspects of a corporate transaction is often a pension scheme deficit. The Pensions Regulator and scheme’s trustees are also playing a much greater role in the deal process so it is vital to consider the pension scheme at an early stage. 

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When taking on staff as part of an outsourcing arrangement, employers may become responsible for the employees’ historic pensions promises, meaning any unexpected costs from the pensions could dwarf any other margins in the contract price.

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Provision of actuarial services to employers who participate in non-associated multi-employer schemes. This includes support on actuarial valuations, employer debt and de-risking options.

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    To transfer or not to transfer?

    Did you know that one of the most significant trends emerging for employers who sponsor a DB pension scheme, was the rise in transfer values paid out to scheme members who have yet to draw their pension?

  • Picture for Think now - reducing the risk in your pension scheme
    Think now - reducing the risk in your pension scheme

    Now is a good time for companies with end of March or early April year-ends to consider how their pension scheme liabilities will impact their balance sheet – and it may not all be bad news.

  • Picture for Are transfer values cost effective for companies?
    Are transfer values cost effective for companies?

    Our latest blog discusses and comments on defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution (DC) transfer values, including analysis of ACA survey results.

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