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ARC Pensions Law

80 COLEMAN STREET, LONDON, EC2R 5BJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7653 8970
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www.arcpensionslaw.com
Leeds, London

Jane Kola

Tel:
Work +44 (0)20 7653 8967
Email:
ARC Pensions Law

Work Department

Pensions

Position

After working in pensions law for over 25 years, Jane has developed an expertise in advising trustees and employers on workplace pension arrangements, offering guidance on the establishment, management, restructuring, merging and winding-up of defined benefit, defined contribution and hybrid schemes.

Jane is a specialist in advising pension schemes on the legal aspects of their investments. For defined benefit schemes, she advises on the terms of investment management agreements, fiduciary management and investment funds of all kinds, as well as hedging strategies (working in conjunction with banking lawyers) and custody arrangements.

For defined contribution schemes, Jane advises on the investment platform documentation, investment funds, insurance funds and the security of assets. She is a former member of the DC Asset Security Working party, whose guide on asset security is recommended by the Pensions Regulator.

In the last few years, Jane has helped clients on the journey to buy-out. She has undertaken benefit audits to ensure schemes are paying the correct legal entitlements. She advises on benefit re-shaping, liability management and incentive exercises which enhance the insurability of schemes and their benefits in a cost efficient way. In 2015, Jane led the team which concluded one of the largest pension scheme buy-outs in UK history. This was the culmination of more than 5 years’ work and involved multiple buy-in policies with more than one bulk annuity insurer.  Jane has acted on many other transactions since including working with partner Anna Rogers on the Littlewoods Pension Scheme £850 million buy-in with Scottish Widows in 2018.

Career

Sacker & Partners, Solicitor: 1996-2001, Partner: 2001-2007; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (now Gowling WLG), Director: 2007-2012, Partner: 2012-2017; ARC Pensions Law, Partner: 2017-present.

Member

Association of Pension Lawyers
Working party of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries on Self Sufficiency, Consolidation and Buy Out

Education

University of Southampton (LLB, Law)


London: Human resources

Pensions

Within: Pensions

Under the joint leadership of Anna Rogers, who is 'a calm and authoritative influence', and Chris Mullen, who has 'excellent technical knowledge', 'outstanding' specialist pensions boutique ARC Pensions Law is 'a growing force in the market'. Rogers recently acted for the Littlewoods Pension Scheme trustees on an invitation to insurers to tender for bulk annuity transactions and advised Bovis Homes Pension Scheme Trustee on the employer's proposal to stop future accrual of defined benefits. Other highlights included Anne-Marie Winton assisting Sealed Air with the pensions aspects of a disposal restructuring and handling a Regulated Apportionment Arrangement (RAA) negotiation for Hoover. Highlights for Rogers involved advising Bovis Homes Pension Scheme Trustee on the employer's proposal to stop future accrual of defined benefits. Other key practitioners include newly promoted partner and 'rising star' Anna Copestake, Rosalind Connor (a 'class act'), and Jane Kola, who joined from Gowling WLG in 2017.

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