£400m transaction for the Legal & General Group UK Senior Pension Scheme is the largest APP written to date
26 Jan 2021
Legal & General Assurance Society (“LGAS”) today announces that it has agreed a c.£400m Assured Payment Policy (APP) transaction with the Legal & General Group UK Senior Pension Scheme (the “Scheme”).
The innovative de-risking transaction provides investment risk protection for the pensions of around 200 deferred members and 385 pensioner members. Completed in December 2020, it follows Legal & General’s previous £250m APP transaction with the AIB Group UK Pension Scheme in late 2019.
Legal & General’s APP solution provides pension schemes with an efficient and precise method of liability cashflow matching, selectively insuring against investment related risks such as changes in asset yields, interest rates and inflation. In this case, the product’s flexibility allowed for the transaction to be structured around the Scheme’s existing buy-in arrangements, creating a highly tailored de-risking outcome. By insuring against the selected risks, it also provides enhanced certainty for the Scheme of reaching buyout within its planned timeframe.
The Trustee was advised on the transaction by LCP, Redington, Gowling WLG and Premier Pensions. Legal advice was provided to Legal & General by Clifford Chance.
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Frankie Borrell, Head of Client Solutions, Legal & General Retirement Institutional: "We are delighted to have delivered improved certainty for the trustees and members of our Legal & General Group UK Senior Pension Scheme. We look forward to working with the Trustee in the years ahead as they progress towards their ultimate goal of full pension scheme buyout.
Our innovative APP solution allows pension schemes to lock down investment and inflation risk on attractive terms, with the ability to then add longevity and wider demographic risk protection in the future through conversion to a bulk annuity. With the market volatility that we’ve observed over 2020 we expect to see continued interest in solutions which create greater certainty for pension schemes earlier in their de-risking journey."
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)