BLP appointed to Pension Protection Fund’s newly elected panel

International law firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has been appointed to the Board of the Pension Protection Fund’s (PFF) Insolvency and Corporate Panel, and its Specialist and Reserve Panel of external legal advisers.

BLP will provide advice in a number of areas including corporate, insolvency and restructuring, investment and fund management, litigation (pension and non-pension) and tax law. The appointment will be for a minimum of three years.

The BLP team was led by Restructuring & Insolvency Partners, Ben Larkin and Ian Benjamin, Funds and Financial Services Partner, Antony Grossman, Pensions Partner, Norman Russell, Employment Partner, Rebecca Harding-Hill, and Tax Partner, Cathryn Vanderspar.

Commenting on the panel appointment, Ben Larkin said: “We are delighted to have been appointed as advisers to the PFF. This is an important appointment for the Firm, enabling us to provide top quality service levels across a number of specialist areas.”

The PPF’s Director of Strategy and Legal Affairs, David Taylor, said: “Legal issues pervade everything that we do – so it was important that we spent the time and resource making sure that we have the right firms to provide the right advice and support as we continue to grow and develop.

“With the benefit of eight years’ experience we have a clearer idea of our medium-term legal needs and I am delighted that we have reshaped our panel accordingly. The PPF now protects hundreds of thousands of pension scheme members, is increasingly involved in complex restructuring deals and litigation and manages an expanding asset portfolio which currently stands at around £15 billion. I look forward to working with all our panel firms on the many interesting and novel issues that continue to arise on a daily basis.”

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