Buck Bond Group

Buck, a Gallagher company, advises on a £136.3 million buy-in transaction completed with Just Group, resolving liquidity issues for the Scheme

2 May 2024 – Buck, a Gallagher company, has today announced the completion of a £136.3m buy-in transaction for an undisclosed Scheme, resolving the Scheme’s liquidity issues, working in partnership with retirement specialist, Just Group, a U.K. financial services company.

The buy-in transaction covers the remaining 586 deferred members and 242 pensioner members, following the previous full pensioner buy-in with Legal and General in 2012, brokered by Buck, a Gallagher company.

While the Scheme’s assets were in excess of the total premium, a proportion of them were being held in illiquid investments, so couldn’t be realised in time to meet the premium in full. As such, Buck, a Gallagher company, negotiated for two elements of deferred premium, in order to allow the Scheme time to realise the proceeds from its illiquid asset holdings. £22m is to be deferred for two years and £4.5m for three months, to allow the Trustees and the Sponsor time to finalise a temporary loan to help manage the Scheme’s short-term liquidity requirements.

Buck, a Gallagher company, acted as broker for the transaction, as well as being scheme actuary, administrator, and investment adviser to the Trustees.

The Trustees worked exclusively with Just Group, making use of their streamlined bulk quotation service, to help meet one of the Sponsor’s key objectives to complete before the 2023 year-end.

International law firm Reed Smith provided the necessary legal advice as part of the transaction.

Mark van den Berghen, Head of Risk Transfer at Buck, a Gallagher company, said:

“This is an extra special transaction for me as I have been involved in the Scheme for over 15 years. The outcome is a fantastic one for the members and hats off to all involved in not allowing the remaining illiquidity in the Scheme to derail the transaction – all due to open communication, innovative consulting, and flexibility on both sides.”

The Chair of Trustees, said:

Recent market movements have resulted in us meeting our longer-term funding objectives for the Scheme significantly sooner than anticipated, and Buck has done an outstanding job in preparing the Trustees for this transaction in very short order, as well as developing a pragmatic solution for managing the Scheme’s illiquid assets and ensuring that these did not become a stumbling block. I would also like to thank Reed Smith for the significant role they played in the legal aspects of this process, and for the flexibility demonstrated by Just in accommodating all of our requirements at such a busy time of year.”

Jon Appleby, Strategic Business Development Manager, Just

“There is a busy, vibrant bulk annuity market for schemes of all sizes, so we benefited from the Trustees and advisers engaging early and displaying terrific collaboration and forward planning. In addition, the use of Just Group’s innovative bulk quotation solution was pivotal in allowing us to meet the Sponsor’s year-end completion objective. We are delighted to have worked with Buck and the Trustees to secure the benefits for all members.”




About Buck
Buck, a Gallagher company, is an integrated HR, pensions, and employee benefits consulting, technology, and administration services firm. Founded more than 100 years ago as an actuarial consultancy, we’ve evolved to serve organisations and Trustees across the health, wealth, and career spectrum.

With the ultimate goal of securing the futures of our clients’ employees and members, we develop tech-enabled programmes that engage individuals and drive organisational performance. Our award-winning engagement solutions and people-first approach empower the world’s most forward-thinking organisations to protect the physical and financial wellbeing of their employees and members and improve how their people work and live. For more information, visit www.buck.com.


About Gallagher
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (NYSE: AJG), a global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, is headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Gallagher provides these services in approximately 130 countries around the world through its owned operations and a network of correspondent brokers and consultants.


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