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Legal & General announces first conversion of an Assured Payment Policy (APP) to a buy-in

£61m transaction agreed with the AIB Group UK Pension Scheme converts c.20% of the original APP transaction completed in December 2019

27 May 2021

Full press release

Legal and General Assurance Society (“LGAS”) today announces that it has agreed a £61m transaction with the AIB Group UK Pension Scheme (the “Scheme”) to convert a tranche of its existing Assured Payment Policy (APP) into a buy-in policy. The transaction, which aims to further de-risk the pension scheme, did not require any additional funding from the Scheme’s sponsor, AIB Plc, as expected.

Covering both deferred members and new retirees, this transaction marks the first time an APP has been partially converted into a new buy-in policy.

The conversion builds upon the original £250m APP transaction with the AIB Group scheme in 2019. This also follows the recent £400m APP transaction with the Legal & General Group UK Senior Pension Scheme in 2020.

The original transaction, and announced conversion, helps the AIB Scheme on its journey to full risk removal within planned timeframes. The innovative APP solution facilitates this by locking down investment-related risks and reducing volatility between the assets and bulk annuity pricing of the cashflows covered by the APP. As the APP already covered investment risk for the covered cashflows, the additional premium payable by the Trustee for the conversion was only in respect of the additional risks, principally longevity, that are now being passed to Legal & General.

The Trustee was advised on the transaction by Mercer, with Sackers providing legal advice.

Frankie Borrell, Head of Client Solutions, Legal & General Retirement Institutional: "We are delighted to have taken this important step with the AIB Group UK Pension Scheme, a market first. By entering into an Assured Payment Policy in 2019, the trustees and their corporate sponsor secured a more certain path to the pension scheme’s target destination. This transaction represents a key milestone on that journey.

This first conversion also underscores how APPs can deliver meaningful benefit for many trustees and their scheme members in the months and years ahead."

Further information


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 £1.2 trillion in total assets under management (as at FY23) of which c40% (circa £0.5 trillion) is international.

We have a highly synergistic business model, which continues to drive strong returns. We are a leading international player in Institutional Retirement, in Retail Savings and Protection, and in both public and private markets through our Asset Management division. Across the Group, we are committed to responsible investing and dedicated to serving the long-term savings and investment needs of customers and society.

As at 7 June 2024, we estimate the Group’s Solvency II coverage ratio to be 224%.

As at 11 June 2024, Legal & General has a market capitalisation of £14.6 billion.

Institutional Retirement 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 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 UK’s longest-standing active bulk annuity provider.

Our UK Retirement annuity book stands at an estimated £86.1 billion at 31 December 2023. 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. Legal & General provides income and pension security to more than a million retirement customers around the world.