Legal & General completes £70 million buy-in transaction with the ICI Pension Fund

14 August 2020

Legal & General publishes on its website:

“Announcement marks the Fund’s ninth transaction with Legal & General

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited (“Legal & General”) announces that it completed a £70 million buy-in in May with the ICI Pension Fund (“the Fund”), taking advantage of favourable market conditions to secure the benefits of new retirees since its previous transaction with Legal & General in 2019.

This buy-in marks the Fund’s ninth transaction with Legal & General, securing a total of c£5.8 billion of liabilities. The Fund entered into its first buy-in arrangement with Legal & General in 2014, and established an innovative umbrella contract to facilitate further transactions, as part of the Fund’s long term strategic de-risking plan.

Legal & General approached the Trustee earlier in the year as market volatility presented a favourable pricing opportunity. The umbrella contract structure and the Trustee’s clear decision making framework allowed the Fund to move quickly to take advantage of this. This collaborative approach and structure had been used for previous transactions to take advantage of favourable market conditions, notably the £750 million buy-in in July 2016,
completed within two weeks of the EU referendum result.

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