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Legal & General agrees c£370m buy-in with Heathrow’s BAA Pension Scheme

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited (“Legal & General”) today announces that it has agreed a c£370 million buy-in with London Heathrow’s BAA Pension Scheme (“the Scheme”), securing the benefits of more than 1,400 retirees.

10 Feb 2022

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The Sponsoring company, Heathrow Airport Limited, runs London Heathrow Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports and a vital global transport hub.

Today’s buy-in represents the Scheme’s second Pension Risk Transfer (“PRT) transaction with Legal & General, following a £325 million buy-in in 2018 covering 1,300 retirees. Legal & General has now secured the benefits of nearly 3,000 members of the Scheme, demonstrating its commitment to a long-term relationship with the Trustee.

An umbrella contract has been established as part of the transaction, enabling the Trustee to potentially insure further liabilities quickly and easily as it continues its de-risking plans.

The Scheme is an existing client of Legal & General, having established a partnership with Legal & General’s Investment Management business (“LGIM”) to manage the Scheme’s assets in 2020.

The Trustee was advised on the transaction by LCP and legal advice was provided to the Trustee by CMS. MacFarlanes provided legal advice to Legal & General.

Adrian Somerfield, Director, Legal & General Retirement Institutional: “Having built trust and a strong relationship with the Trustee over a number of years, we are delighted to have secured the retirement benefits for another 1,400 members.

Our umbrella contract ensures we are able to move forward with the Trustee in a swift and effective manner as they continue their de-risking plans.”

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Margrit Williams

Director of External Engagement

Legal & General Capital

Notes to editors:

Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK's leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with over £1.2 trillion in total assets under management* of which a third is international. We also provide powerful asset origination capabilities. Together, these underpin our leading retirement and protection solutions: we are a leading international player in pension risk transfer, in UK and US life insurance, and in UK workplace pensions and retirement income. Through inclusive capitalism, we aim to build a better society by investing in long-term assets that benefit everyone.

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Legal & General Retirement Institutional (LGRI) works with trustees and sponsoring companies of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes of all sizes to settle their pension obligations and secure scheme members’ benefits, through a full range of buy-ins, buyouts and other de-risking solutions.

Our UK Retirement annuity book stands at £72.4 billion as at 31 December 2022. Across the group over £30 billion is invested in direct investments that deliver positive social and environmental impacts, such as clean energy and affordable housing.

Our Client Services’ 12-month rolling Net Promoter Score (NPS) is above +70, which is widely regarded as being at a “world class” level. Legal & General is the longest-standing active UK provider of PRT, providing pension security for more than a million people around the world.

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