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Maria Rodia

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Maria is a partner in our Pensions practice.

She advises trustees of occupational pension schemes of all sizes, as well as employers, providers and investment consultant clients, on all aspects of UK pensions law including pensions investment (including buy-ins, buy-outs and longevity), scheme governance, benefit design, defined contribution arrangements, ombudsman investigations, PPF issues, scheme mergers and bulk transfers, contingent assets and other security, and the pensions aspects of corporate activity.

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Following the firm’s merger with legacy firms Nabarro LLP and Olswang LLP, CMS’ enlarged practice ‘has a lot of strength in depth’ across non-contentious and contentious matters, for both corporates and trustees. Maria Rodia and consultant Nigel Moore led advice to MANWEB, now part of ScottishPower, on a £1.6bn longevity swap with Abbey Life. The well-regarded Emma Frost assisted the trustees of the Sony Music Pension Plan in relation to the transfer of the £38m defined-contribution elements of the scheme to the Fidelity Master Trust, as well as advising on indemnity-related issues. Former Nabarro partners Ian Greenstreet and Sam Robinson have been advising B&CE on various pensions matters. On the contentious side, former Nabarro practice head Jennifer Bell and Neal Gibson acted for the trustees of the IBM UK Pensions Trust in the Project Waltz litigation in the High Court. Mark Grant heads the practice, which includes Neil Smith, Mark Atkinson, Keith Webster and Simon Pilcher. Associate Alexandra Tomlinson is also recommended. Former practice head at Olswang Ron Burgess is now at Blake Morgan LLP.

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