Legal & General announces second Assured Payment Policy (APP) de-risking transaction

Legal & General Assurance Society (“LGAS”) today announces that it has agreed a c.£400m Assured Payment Policy (APP) transaction with the Legal & General Group UK Senior Pension Scheme (the “Scheme”).

The innovative de-risking transaction provides investment risk protection for the pensions of around 200 deferred members and 385 pensioner members. Completed in December 2020, it follows Legal & General’s previous £250m APP transaction with the AIB Group UK Pension Scheme in late 2019.

Legal & General’s APP solution provides pension schemes with an efficient and precise method of liability cashflow matching, selectively insuring against investment related risks such as changes in asset yields, interest rates and inflation.

In this case, the product’s flexibility allowed for the transaction to be structured around the Scheme’s existing buy-in arrangements, creating a highly tailored de-risking outcome. By insuring against the selected risks, it also provides enhanced certainty for the Scheme of reaching buyout within its planned timeframe.

Chris Martin of ITS, Chair of the Trustee, Legal & General Group UK Senior Pension Scheme, said: “The APP represents a very significant moment in the Scheme’s lifetime as we move closer to securing our members’ benefits. We were very grateful to our advisers LCP, Gowling WLG, Redington and Premier
Pensions for their guidance and support through this transaction.”

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