Pensions Planner: June 2019

The latest edition of our quarterly Pensions Planner is now available.Click on the image below to download your copy.We hope that you find this guide helpful. Please share any feedback you have on it.You can also follow our latest thinking on all of the topics covered in the Planner on our new pensions blog.Please contact us if you need assistance with any of the issues that are highlighted in this edition. Read more

Happy GDPR-versary! Herbert Smith Freehills reflections on a year of GDPR regulation

The GDPR came into effect just over a year ago on the 25 May 2018. As the most significant reform of data protection law in Europe for over 20 years, the legislation raised expectations of a cultural shift in attitude to data privacy. A year on from the fanfare of implementation, our data protection experts examine key aspects of what we have seen and learnt since implementation, and what we can expect for the future. Read more

What can we expect from the next Pensions Bill?

Although making any kind of political prediction at present is a fool's errand, it seems to be a question of when, rather than if, we get the next Pensions Bill. The indications are that a Bill will be included in the next Queen's speech. It now appears that this will take place "at the end of May". However, with the timing of her departure still unknown, your bet is as good as mine as to when the Bill will actually emerge.But, what can we expect when it is finally introduced? Read more

Regulator’s annual funding statement raises the funding bar

The Pensions Regulator has published its 2019 annual funding statement for defined benefit (DB) schemes. The statement: reflects the Regulator’s tougher approach confirms the Regulator’s focus on reducing the length of deficit recovery plans and requiring schemes to set a long term funding target, and makes clear the Regulator’s intention to police the payment of … Read more

Global M&A report 2019

Our latest Global M&A report looks at the themes that we expect to see in M&A transactions in 2019. In 2018, global M&A volumes reached their highest point since the financial crisis. Despite a noted slowdown in pace during Q4, deal activity recorded near peak levels in many markets – a positive and unanticipated result … Read more

Preview 2019

Preview 2019 highlights legal and regulatory developments to look out for this year across a range of areas. It also identifies key trends that we can expect to see feature prominently in the legal and regulatory landscape this year. Read more