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Legal & General agrees c.£420m full scheme buy-in with Commonwealth Bank of Australia pension scheme

Legal & General Assurance Society Ltd (“LGAS”) today announces that it has agreed a c.£420m full scheme buy-in with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (UK) Staff Benefits Scheme (“the Scheme”).

8 Jul 2021


Full press release

This transaction covers all of the Scheme’s defined benefit members (approximately 440 non-retired members and 740 retirees). It represents a significant step on its planned de-risking journey. The Scheme has been a client of Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) for the last 12 years, enabling them to efficiently lock pricing to their LGIM assets ahead of transacting.

The Scheme’s sole Trustee is Capital Cranfield Pension Trustees Limited. They were advised in the transaction by LCP, acting as specialist de-risking adviser to the Trustee, with CMS providing legal advice to the Trustee, and Mercer acting as administrator and Scheme Actuary. Slaughter and May provided legal advice to Legal & General.

Dominic Moret, Head of Origination and Execution, Legal & General Retirement Institutional: "It was a great pleasure to work with the Trustee, the Sponsor and their advisers on this transaction, after a longstanding investment management relationship. We are delighted to welcome the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s scheme members to Legal & General as we support the Scheme in providing further certainty to them."

Further information

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Margrit Williams

PR & Communications Director

Legal & General Retirement Institutional

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Notes to editors

Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with international businesses in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. With almost £1.3 trillion in total assets under management*, we are the UK’s largest investment manager for corporate pension schemes and a UK market leader in pension risk transfer, alternative asset origination, life insurance, workplace pensions and retirement income. Through inclusive capitalism, we aim to build a better society by investing in long-term assets that benefit everyone.

* at 30 June 2021

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 over £85 billion as at 30 June 2021, of which over £25 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.

(As of June 2021)