Legal & General completes £530 million buy-in transaction with Siemens

19 August 2020

Legal & General publishes on its website:

“Legal & General Assurance Society Limited (“Legal & General”) today announces that it has completed a £530 million buy-in for the Siemens Benefits Scheme (“the Scheme”), securing the benefits of more than 2,000 UK retirees.

This buy-in marks the Scheme’s first Pension Risk Transfer (PRT) transaction with Legal & General and builds on a previous transaction it completed in 2018. The Scheme has chosen an umbrella contract to allow for potential future transactions to be completed quickly and easily, when the time and market conditions are right.

The Trustees ran an agile and flexible process, which allowed them to take advantage of favourable pricing opportunities in the market, and to move quickly to meet their objectives.

The Trustees were advised on the transaction by Aon and Sackers. Legal advice was provided to Legal & General by Eversheds.

Gavin Smith, Pricing & Execution Director, Legal & General Retirement Institutional: “This transaction represents another key de-risking step for the Siemens Benefits Scheme and we are delighted to provide further security to the Trustees and their members. Legal & General have been working with the Scheme for many years and Legal & General Investment Management Limited helped to set up the liability-driven investment portfolio in 2008. We look forward to continuing our relationship over the coming years.”

Joanna Matthews, Chair of the Trustee: I am delighted that we have been able to complete another key step in the Trustee’s de-risking journey. Through careful planning, we were able to overcome the logistical and investment challenges posed by Covid-19 and complete this transaction at this time on very favourable terms. This is a fantastic outcome and I would like to thank all involved in the process.”

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