DB governance

Trustee training is becoming increasingly sophisticated and tailored to the specific needs of a given set of trustees. The Pensions Regulator sees training as an invaluable part of a scheme’s risk management framework. At bac we have a leading-edge approach to training that can be delivered using a variety of mediums. Our focus is on making training enjoyable and highly interactive.

We recently ran a day-long training session for the trustees of a FTSE 100 scheme which involved working through two different scenarios:

  • a takeover of the sponsor by a private equity firm
  • an approach from the sponsor to undertake a large buy-in.

The first scenario led to some detailed discussions on real and perceived conflicts, as well as a realisation that the covenant monitoring in place was not as strong as it should be.

Arising out of the second scenario, it was agreed that a sub-committee should be formed to look in detail at the quality of the scheme’s data and administration practices – just to ensure the scheme would be ready if that buy-in discussion ever did happen!

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10 July 2020

In the news this week, the Chancellor’s summer statement is pensions-lite, a call for input is launched on data standards for pensions dashboards, a company looks to bring its DB scheme closure forward by four years and another large longevity swap is completed.

Getting buyout ready

Covid-19 has created many challenges for DB schemes but, for those ready to transact in 2020, it may have created even more favourable market conditions for a buyout. The problem is that most schemes are not there yet. In this Briefing we look at what being “deal ready” actually means and what work it will involve.

Pensions Arena April 2020

Given the very company/scheme-specific impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, in this quarter’s Arena we simply show all the usual financial and investment analysis for what was a very turbulent first three months of 2020, plus a summary of key pension developments and Company pensions news over the quarter.

Survey of company actions

Over the autumn of 2019, BAC conducted an extensive survey of the actions which companies are taking to manage their defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) pension arrangements.

Pensions Arena January 2020

2019 marked 50 years since Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and this was obviously on the Queen’s mind in her Christmas message as she talked about a bumpy year but one with small steps of progress as well. In terms of pensions, it also felt like a year of small steps and occasional bumps. In this quarter’s Arena, we take a positive look back at 2019, as well as looking forward to some expected pension developments over 2020.