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Lauren Awoyinka is a senior associate in the Pensions Department of the London office. Lauren joined Baker McKenzie as a trainee in March 2011 and qualified into the Pensions Department in March 2013. Lauren also acts for a number of the Firm's clients on a pro bono basis, including Save the Children and Mencap. She is a member of the Association of Pensions Lawyers.
Lauren advises both companies and trustees on all aspects of UK pensions law for contentious and non-contentious matters across multiple industries. This includes advising on liability management exercises, merging schemes, amending schemes to respond to legal developments and pensions aspects of corporate restructurings and acquisitions.
Representative Legal Matters
- Advised a multinational chemical corporation on a complex pension plan merger.
- Advised a number of large, international employers and trustee boards on various liability management exercises, including enhanced transfer values, buy-ins and pension increase exchange exercises.
- Acted for a pension plan administrator of a large defined benefit pension scheme with regards to a dispute valued at over GBP 40 million .
- Advised a number of employers with regards to employer debt requirements and section 75 debt management through the use of a flexible apportionment arrangement.
- Advised the trustees of the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund regarding the buy-out of the Old Section of its defined benefit scheme.
- Advised Agilent in relation to a de-merger of its defined benefit and defined contribution schemes as part of a global restructuring.
- Advised both employers and trustees with regards to closing their occupational pension plans to future defined benefit accrual and the impact of Courage (salary link) issues.
- Advised the trustees of a defined benefit scheme on a charged account structure proposed by the employer in lieu of cash contributions to the pension plan.
- Advised both employers and trustees with regards to asset backed funding arrangements which involved the use of commercial property and loan notes as assets.
- Advised various international corporates on the UK pensions aspects of multijurisdictional transactions.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Association of Pensions Lawyers - Member
- England & Wales~United Kingdom (2013)
- College of Law at Moorgate (LPC)
- University of Oxford (LLM)
Co-author, "Data Protection - Game Changer," Pensions World, July 2016
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