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Leading pensions experts discuss bulk annuities as a risk reduction tool

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Pictured (l-r): John O’Brien, Mercer; Jane McKeever, Matheson; Samantha Brown, Herbert Smith Freehills; Rachel Pinto, Herbert Smith Freehills; Darren Maher, Matheson.

Lawyers from Matheson’s Pensions and Financial Institutions Groups will today join forces with fellow industry experts from international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and global consulting firm Mercer for an event focusing on using bulk annuities to reduce risk in defined benefit pension schemes.

Factors including ongoing market volatility, historically low interest rates and increased longevity have increased the risks connected with defined benefit scheme funding.  This, in turn, has led to significantly increased interest in liability management exercises, including bulk annuity transactions, in the Irish market.  The speakers will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of bulk annuity transactions and will share their experiences in relation to recent transactions that have been entered into across the UK and Ireland. 

Looking forward to the event, Jane McKeever, of Matheson’s Employment, Pensions and Benefits Group said: “We hope that bringing together a group of experts to discuss this topic will allow employers, trustees and insurers to build on their understanding of what is involved in these transactions and how best to prepare for them.”