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Pete Coyne


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Pete Coyne is a partner in our Pensions practice and Co-Head of the Life, Pensions & Longevity Risk group.

Pete has wide experience in dealing with all kinds of pensions issues including on benefit restructurings, buy-ins and buy-outs, longevity swaps and transactions, investment matters and disputes. He acts for trustees, employers, product providers and benefit consultants across a whole range of pensions issues.

He is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers’ Main Committee and is also a TPAS adviser. He is also a regular speaker at conferences and seminars and is described Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as “a rising star in the department” and “an absolute delight to work with, a steady pair of hands and unflappable.”

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"a rising star in the department” and “an absolute delight to work with, a steady pair of hands and unflappable.

Chambers UK

Relevant experience

  • General Electric on the merger of 17 of its UK final salary pension schemes – one of the largest ever conducted in the UK.
  • Pension Insurance Corporation on bulk annuity transactions.
  • Clients on a number of longevity risk transactions and buy-in/buy-outs.
  • The only reported case on actuarial negligence which was successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal.
  • The trustees of one of the first schemes to enter a PPF assessment period.
  • Trustees on a high-profile and innovative asset backed funding structure involving intellectual property.
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  • 1998 – MA (Hons) English, University of St Andrews, St Andrews
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  • Member, The Association of Pension Lawyers
  • Member, The Association of Pension Lawyers Main Committee
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Risk Mat­ters: In­sur­ance Sec­tor Up­date (Spring 2016)
PPF com­pens­a­tion re­gime in breach of EU law
The Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (CJEU) has ruled today that the Pen­sion Pro­tec­tion Fund re­gime does not sat­is­fy European law re­quire­ments. The judg­ment is likely to have a sig­ni­fic­ant im­pact on the PPF, and could have wider knock-on ef­fects for many.
Life, pen­sions & longev­ity risk
Back to ba­sics: what is the pur­pose of a pen­sion scheme?
In an im­port­ant de­cision on the scope of trust­ee powers un­der a pen­sion scheme, the ma­jor­ity of the Court of Ap­peal has today ruled that the trust­ees of BA’s Air­ways Pen­sion Scheme did not act for a prop­er pur­pose in amend­ing the Scheme rules to al­low dis­cre­tion­ary.
De-risk­ing – is trivi­al com­mut­a­tion the solu­tion?
Faster, high­er, stronger: new powers for TPR
The Gov­ern­ment has is­sued “A Stronger Pen­sions Reg­u­lat­or”, the first of its prom­ised con­sulta­tions on defined be­ne­fit pen­sions fol­low­ing the is­sue of its White Pa­per in March.   The con­sulta­tion pro­poses po­ten­tially sig­ni­fic­ant changes to the ex­ist­ing no­ti­fi­able.
New Om­buds­man rul­ings on trans­fers to al­leged lib­er­a­tion...
Box Clev­er: the Reg­u­lat­or breathes a sigh of re­lief
The Up­per Tribunal (Tax and Chan­cery) has handed down a land­mark de­cision in the ‘Box Clev­er’ case, ITV PLC v The Pen­sions Reg­u­lat­or [2018] UKUT 0164 (TCC). The judg­ment not only up­holds the Reg­u­lat­or’s is­sue of fin­an­cial sup­port dir­ec­tions in the present case,.
In­dustry re­news fight against pen­sion scams
Change is in the air for DB schemes
Over a year since the Gov­ern­ment’s ex­plor­at­ory Green Pa­per on defined be­ne­fit pen­sion schemes, a White Pa­per has fi­nally ar­rived, with a num­ber of pro­pos­als for re­form. There is plenty for trust­ees and em­ploy­ers to di­gest.
CMS ad­vises on Ab­bey Life’s £2bn longev­ity in­sur­ance...
Equal­isa­tion – a new twist in the tale
In Safe­way v New­ton, the Court of Ap­peal has handed down an im­port­ant judg­ment re­lat­ing to how schemes equal­ised nor­mal re­tire­ment age fol­low­ing the Barber de­cision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in 1990.