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Edward is an associate in the Firm's London office. He is focused on providing advice in the pensions aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings, in particular: clearance issues, filing informing event reports with the Pensions Regulator, liaising with the PPF, managing scheme funding deficits and dealing with section 75 debts. Edward also advises on the drafting and interpreting of pension scheme rules, the winding up of schemes, investment issues and auto-enrollment.
Before joining White & Case in August 2014, Edward worked for a leading international law firm with a strong pensions practice, advising both from an employer and trustee perspective.
Advised a lender providing debt finance to a private equity fund on the effect of a mitigation package proposed by the trustees of a pension scheme as a consequence of the weakening of the employer covenant as part of the transaction.
Advised a lender on the pensions aspect of a demerger, including the apportioning of section 75 debt via a flexible apportionment agreement.
Advised an investment fund on the pensions aspects of a large infrastructure acquisition, in particular, in relation to the effect of the protected pension entitlement of members of the industry-wide Electricity Supply Pension Scheme and the cost implications of early retirement benefits.
Advised a lender in relation to acquisition financing, in particular benefit equalisation issues, negotiations with trustees in relation to future benefits and risks of exposure to the Pension Regulator's moral hazard powers.
Advised a private equity fund on the impact of a change of control of employer, brought about by the sale of their entire issued share capital, giving rise to a notifiable event, including liaising with the Pension Regulator and submitting the appropriate notifiable event report.