Pensions and Bulk Annuities – Ep 3

In the latest podcast from Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Rachel Pinto, Partner, is joined by Simon Bramwell, Partner and Head of Longevity Risk Transactions at Barnett Waddingham and Matt Wilmington, Head of Origination – Bulk Annuities at Scottish Widows. In their conversation, Rachel, Simon and Matt cover: the preparations that schemes need to make … Read more

Hong Kong Pensions Update: Removal of MPF Offsetting Arrangements on the way

The long-awaited changes, which will abolish the current MPF offsetting arrangements against severance or long service payment, have been published, introduced and passed as one of the first bills for the 2022 legislative session. This article gives an overview of the changes and transitional arrangements. Abolishing the offsetting arrangement Currently, employers are permitted to offset … Read more

Pensions Planner – June 2022

Here is the latest edition of our Pensions Planner, which will help you identify the key pension issues your scheme or organisation needs to address in the coming months. The latest edition covers: what schemes need to do to prepare for pension dashboards the impact of the new Consumer Duty the latest Annual Funding Statement … Read more

Pensions and Bulk Annuities – Ep 2

In the latest podcast from Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Rachel Pinto, Partner, is joined by Rosie Fantom, Partner at Barnett Waddingham and Uzma Nazir, Head of Origination Structuring at Pension Insurance Corporation. They discuss small to medium sized schemes and how these schemes can best prepare for transactions. In their conversation, Rachel, Rosie and … Read more

Podcast: Pension dashboards – data, liability and regulation

In this podcast, Tim Smith, Pensions Professional Support Consultant, is joined by Richard Smith, Pension Dashboards Consultant at the Pension & Lifetime Savings Association to discuss the industry’s hopes for pension dashboards and what schemes need to do to get ready. In particular, he: explains what dashboards are and what it is hoped they will … Read more

Pensions and Bulk Annuities – Ep1

In the latest podcast from Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Rachel Pinto, Partner, is joined by Rosie Fantom, Partner at Barnett Waddingham and Matt Richards, Senior Business Development Manager at Standard Life. They discuss the reasons why some schemes may choose to do a series of bulk annuity transactions, rather than a single transaction covering … Read more

Pensions and ESG Ep 6 – A Smart approach to ESG

In this latest podcast from the Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Mark Howard, Of Counsel, discusses the latest developments in the world of ESG with Head of Investment Proposition at Smart Pension, James Lawrence. In their conversation, Mark and James discuss: How Smart Pension is responding to investment in Russia after the invasion of Ukraine; … Read more

Managing the risks of Mobile Messaging

Swingeing penalties levied by the US SEC and the CFTC on financial firms for failures to maintain and preserve written communications made through unofficial channels should be a wake-up call for firms across the globe. The SEC is now undertaking a raft of additional investigations into record preservation practices at financial services firms, and other … Read more

The FCA’s proposed new ‘Consumer Duty’ – what does it mean?

The FCA has published its long-awaited consultation on ‘duty of care’ which has morphed into a proposed package of measures intended to deliver better outcomes for consumers – together a new ‘Consumer Duty’. The consultation, which is open until 31 July 2021, proposes: a new Consumer Principle that provides an overarching standard of conduct; and … Read more