Linklaters appoints Claire Petheram as Global Head of Pensions

Linklaters has appointed Claire Petheram as Global Practice Head of Pensions with effect from 1 January 2019. She succeeds Ruth Goldman who has led the practice for the past 15 years. 

Claire joined Linklaters in 1989 and made partner in 1997. Over this time she has specialised in all aspects of pensions law including pension scheme mergers and consolidations, investment management issues, liability management initiatives, funding agreements and the use of contingent assets and pension aspects of commercial transactions.  

The practice includes some of the most experienced pensions lawyers in the market who have worked on some of the most complex, sizable, and innovative transactions in the market. These include working for the Trustee of the Rentokil Initial 2015 Pension Scheme on its recent ground-breaking buy-out transaction, for the Trustee of the Aviva Staff Pension Scheme on its £5bn longevity swap and for BA in connection with recent litigation.

The practice has grown significantly over the years and now comprises 28 lawyers of whom 5 are partners and 5 are counsel.  

The practice has extensive experience of advising on the pensions aspects of the most significant cross-border transactions, including corporate mergers and acquisitions with all the associated pensions issues. It also leads the market in the liability management space with increasing focus on innovative funding and insurance-based solutions. More generally, the Firm provides advice on good governance of pension funds, ranging in value from under £100 million to over £20 billion. Also included in the practice is the market leading Pensions Dispute Resolution Group which deals with the most difficult, complex and high value pension disputes in the UK.