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ARC Pensions Law

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

Anna Copestake

Tel:
Work +44 (0)20 7653 8971
Email:
ARC Pensions Law

Work Department

Pensions

Position

Anna is a Partner at ARC Pensions Law and advises sponsors and trustees on all aspects of DB and DC arrangements, including governance, funding, benefit redesign, scheme investments, liability management exercises and scheme closures.  In addition to this, she has extensive experience of negotiating commercial documentation, including third party administrator agreements, and advising trustees and employers on the practical implications of the GDPR.

She has particular expertise in relation to DC arrangements.  Her work includes helping establish DC master trusts and advising them on an ongoing basis on legal and regulatory requirements, advising on investment option switches, assisting with asset security and value for money assessments, and advising on compliance with new statutory governance and charges standards.  Anna is a founding member of the Security of DC Assets Working Party, whose guide on asset security is supported by The Pensions Regulator, and a co-founder of NextGen, a new industry body established to promote and encourage the next generation of pension professionals.

Her experience also extends to investment matters, including pooled funds, custody agreements, investment management agreements, and investment platform provider policies.

Career

Jones Day, Associate: 2008-2011; Sacker & Partners LLP, Associate: 2011-2014, Senior Associate: 2014-2016; ARC Pensions Law, Senior Associate: 2016-2017, Partner 2017-present.

Completed secondments at The Pensions Regulator (2010) and the PLSA (2011) (then the NAPF).   Regular industry speaker and contributor to a range of pensions publications.

Member

PLSA Legal Panel, Chair; Association of Pension Lawyers, Investment Committee Member; NextGen, Co-founder and Vice Chair (2018/19); Security of DC Assets Working Party.

Education

King’s College London (LLB, Law)
King’s College London (LLM, Law)


London: Human resources

Pensions

Within: Next generation lawyers

Anna Copestake (non-contentious) - ARC Pensions Law

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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