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Stephen Richards

T: +44 20 7809 2350 M: +44 7739 384 686 Email Stephen | Vcard Office: London

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Stephen Richards Partner

Contact details

Stephen Richards

T: +44 20 7809 2350 M: +44 7739 384 686 Email Stephen | Vcard Office: London

Stephen advises employers, trustees, and insurance companies on all types of pensions issues. He has a commercial style on strategic issues and brings a responsive approach on day to day matters. With the ability to present complex ideas in a simple way, Stephen has helped a variety of clients with tricky pensions issues, from the trustees of global banks to UK manufacturers.
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He is an expert in pensions in the banking sector, master trusts, buy-ins and buy-outs. Stephen has experience on major strategic projects including advising on the acquisition of a major master trust provider and the largest company contribution made to a pension scheme to date. 

He has participated in the Pensions Regulator’s DC working group, is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers Education and Seminars Committee and is organising the APL’s annual conference. Stephen is a contributor to the Practical Law Company and a regular industry speaker.

"He always provides prompt responses to contact which is very helpful, as it gives me comfort the issue is being dealt with."

Chambers UK 2018

  • Pensions advisory

Major financial institution

Commercial advice to a major financial institution on the restructuring of its pension schemes.

Master trust provider

Advising a master trust provider on the acquisition of a major industry master trust.

Trustees of a pension scheme

Strategic advice to the trustees of a pension scheme on the refinancing of its high profile sponsoring employer.

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  • Food and drink
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  • Banks and banking

Major soft drinks manufacturer and distributor

Long-term adviser to a major soft drinks manufacturer and distributor.

Well-known brewery

Undertaking strategic pensions projects for a well-known brewery.

Major food provider to the restaurant industry

M&A work on multiple acquisitions for major food provider to the restaurant industry.

More: Food and drink

Major financial institution

Commercial advice to a major financial institution on the restructuring of its pension schemes.

Master trust provider

Advising a master trust provider on the acquisition of a major industry master trust.

Trustees of a pensions scheme

Strategic advice to the trustees of a pension scheme on the refinancing of its high profile sponsoring employer

More: Pensions

Major UK bank

Advice to a major UK bank on implementing innovative structures to mitigate the impact of pension liabilities on capital requirements.

A variety of UK and European financial institutions

Advice to a variety of UK and European financial institutions on the impact of pensions on accounting under IAS 19 and IFRIC 14.

Major global banks

Strategic advice to several major global banks on changing pensions arrangements and pensions liability management.

More: Banks and banking

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