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Legal & General announces £275 million buy-in transaction for the Hitachi UK Pension Scheme

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited (“Legal & General”) today announces that it has agreed a £275 million buy-in transaction with the Trustee of the Hitachi UK Pension Scheme (“the Scheme”).

25 Aug 2020


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This transaction, the Scheme’s first with Legal & General, covers the Scheme’s remaining uninsured deferred members and retirees since the Scheme underwent its first buy-in transaction with Scottish Widows in 2018.

By locking the transaction price to the assets of the Scheme, Legal & General was able to give the Trustee a high degree of transaction certainty whilst enabling them to take advantage of favourable pricing conditions and market capacity.

Gavin Smith, Pricing and Execution Director, UK PRT, Legal & General Retirement Institutional: "We are pleased to have established this relationship with the Hitachi trustees and helped them secure their members’ long-term financial security. This buy-in, in particular, demonstrates our ability to insure pension schemes with a high proportion of deferred members, showing that pensions de-risking isn’t just the preserve of mature pension schemes. It also demonstrates the value to trustees and sponsoring companies of being able to move quickly when pricing conditions are favourable to secure their members’ benefits."

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