Legal & General announces second Assured Payment Policy (APP) de-risking transaction

£400m transaction for the Legal & General Group UK Senior Pension Scheme is the largest APP written to date

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.

Read more about Assured Payment Policies.

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.

Frankie Borrell, Head of Client Solutions, Legal & General Retirement Institutional

For further information, please contact:

Margrit Williams

PR & Communications Director, Legal & General Retirement Institutional

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DB/Final Salary pension schemes de-risking -buy-ins, buy-outs, longevity insurance
Alternative de-risking solutions – APP, ISS
Pension scheme administration
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(UK, USA, Canada, Bermuda and Ireland)

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