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Pensions Advisory 

Our market-leading Pensions team advises on all aspects of pension provision in the workplace. We cover everything from pension fund governance and assistance in exploring novel and complex pension structures, to the provision of integrated advice on pension plan change management, cross-border pensions issues and transactional assistance on pensions issues in M&A deals.

As a global law firm with a well-established and highly-regarded international pensions capability, we offer clients both global reach and local depth.

We have specialist expertise in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain the U.S. and the UK, and also work with corporate benefits specialists across our network. We collaborate to provide our clients with expert support on a range of cross-border and international issues, including global harmonisation exercises, reorganisations, scheme restructuring and mergers. We combine excellence in advising pension funds and sponsors across individual and multiple jurisdictions with a deep understanding of the complexities our clients face, including the practical application of local and European developments.

Our experts collaborate extensively off-deal, sharing resources and know-how to enhance our efficiency and client service on-deal. This approach enables us to break new ground in funding and de-risking, and to develop new strategies to improve pension provision – see, for example, the experience highlighted on our Pension Risk Group website.

News & insights

Publications: 28 MAY 2020

ESG for UK pension schemes: imminent deadlines and future changes

Pension scheme trustees are rightly focusing on key operational priorities during the current Covid-19 global health crisis – but it's important not to lose sight of a number of upcoming changes…

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A&O guide to preparing for the implementation statement

Publications: 09 MARCH 2020

The implementation statement: how to prepare for it

Trustee disclosure requirements on investment governance issues, stewardship and engagement continue to evolve rapidly; the new disclosure requirements that apply from 1 October 2020 will affect some…

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Publications: 10 DECEMBER 2019

A quick guide to preparing for the Chair’s Statement

The trustee boards of many schemes providing DC benefits must prepare an annual governance statement known as the Chair’s Statement. The Pensions Regulator has produced a substantial amount of…

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Publications: 23 JULY 2019

Auto-enrolment and re-enrolment deconstructed 2019

The idea behind automatic pension enrolment is simple – most UK workers should automatically be in a good pension scheme unless they actively opt out. 

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Awards & accolades

  • Employment, Pensions and Incentives Litigation Team of the Year, Legal Week Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Awards 2019
  • Pensions Awards Pension Lawyers of the Year 2019, Professional Pensions UK Pensions Awards
  • Pensions Awards Pensions Litigation Firm of the Year 2019, Professional Pensions UK Pensions Awards
  • European Pensions Law Firm of the Year, 2017, 2018
  • FT PIPA Pensions Law Firm of the Year, 2017
  • Pensions and Benefits Firm of the Year, Who’s Who Legal 2016
  • Band Two Employment and Benefits, Chambers Global-wide 

Recognition

Pensions Group

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Our pensions clients come to us not just because we are good at pensions law. They regularly need the advice of our other leading practices within Allen & Overy both in the UK and elsewhere. 

Pensions Litigation

Allen & Overy’s renowned Pensions Litigation practice specialises in advising clients on a broad range of pensions disputes and methods of resolution and has acted on some of the most high profile pensions cases.

Pension Risk Group

Managing pension risk is high up the corporate agenda. Deficits in scheme funding have continued to rise despite substantial extra contributions by sponsoring employers. 

Pensions in Dispute

Key regulatory topics

Pension schemes are complex and even the best-run schemes have to deal with complaints. Here is your essential toolbox, to make life easier.

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