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Maria Rodia

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, German, French

Maria Rodia is a partner in our market-leading 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.

Maria has particular expertise dealing with large, sectionalised defined benefit pension schemes, complex pensions investment issues and industry-wide schemes such as the ESPS and all the issues they create.

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"Recommended for giving ‘assured performances’ at trustee meetings and inspiring ‘total confidence’ in her clients."

Legal 500

Relevant experience

  • The scheme documentation for a 14-section defined benefit scheme with GBP 3bn assets following advice on a number of scheme mergers and advising the trustees in relation to the implementation of a covenant-improving security package, including guarantees and floating charges.
  • The trustees of the pension scheme of a large pharmaceutical company with GBP 2.5bn assets on a complex sectionalised bulk transfer exercise following the dissolution of a joint venture.
  • The trustees of a large DB scheme regarding PPF eligibility and entry and a subsequent Pensions Regulator investigation.
  • The trustees of a large defined benefit pension scheme regarding the cessation of accrual, the establishment of a defined contribution section and various complex employer debt issues.
  • Clients on sectionalisation and de-sectionalisation, including PPF entry issues, cross-subsidisation, section-specific investment strategies, and triggers for automatic and discretionary merger of assets.
  • Corporate and trustee clients in relation to the ESPS including advice on protected persons, Ofgem responses, investment and compliance with the scheme-wide investment framework, and the validity of amendments.
  • Trustee clients on investment matters such as liability driven investment, longevity transactions, buy-ins and buy-outs and DC options.
  • Investment consultant clients on a range of investment topics and documentation.
  • The trustees of a large scheme on member communications and proposal to increase member information and engagement where employees are situated across more than 600 sites around the UK, including deferred information exercises, review of the scheme website and filmed podcast announcements from the chairman.
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Education

  • 2003 - LPC, College of Law, London
  • 2001 - PgDL, College of Law, London
  • 2000 - BA History, University of York, York
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Memberships

  • Member, Association of Pension Lawyers
  • Member, Legislative & Parliamentary Committee, Association of Pension Lawyers
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Lectures list

  • 2015 – Speaker, Association of Pension Lawyers Summer Conference
  • 2015 – Speaker, National Association of Pension Funds Annual Conference
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January 2021
CMS Pen­sions Cof­fee Corner
Call­ing every­one who works in the pen­sions in­dustry! We at CMS are miss­ing meet­ing new people and hav­ing in­ter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tions at con­fer­ences and sem­inars. Throughout 2020, we have been brain­storm­ing...
24 September 2020
Pen­sions en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance in­vest­ing: An up­date
In re­cent years, en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance (ESG) and cli­mate change have be­come in­creas­ingly im­port­ant is­sues, both in the UK and glob­ally. With roughly £2.5 tril­lion in as­sets, pen­sion schemes...
23 September 2020
Pen­sions en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance in­vest­ing: An up­date
In re­cent years, en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance (ESG) and cli­mate change have be­come in­creas­ingly im­port­ant is­sues, both in the UK and glob­ally. With roughly £2.5 tril­lion in as­sets, pen­sion schemes...
27 September 2019
Pen­sions en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance in­vest­ing
In re­cent years, en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance (ESG) and cli­mate change have be­come in­creas­ingly im­port­ant is­sues, both in the UK and glob­ally. With roughly £2.5 tril­lion in as­sets, pen­sion schemes...
13 January 2017
EMIR Pen­sion Scheme Ex­emp­tion: Up­date
On 20 Decem­ber 2016 the European Com­mis­sion ex­ten­ded by one year to Au­gust 2018 the ex­emp­tion for pen­sion funds from clear­ing OTC de­riv­at­ive trans­ac­tions. The European Mar­ket In­fra­struc­ture Reg­u­la­tion...
9 December 2016
CMS ad­vises con­sor­ti­um on pur­chase of in­terest in Na­tion­al Grid gas dis­tri­bu­tion...
CMS has ad­vised a con­sor­ti­um (the “Con­sor­ti­um”) of long-term in­fra­struc­ture in­vestors as Na­tion­al Grid plc an­nounces it has agreed to sell a 61% equity in­terest in its UK gas dis­tri­bu­tion busi­ness...
18 October 2016
EMIR Mar­gin­ing Ob­lig­a­tion for Pen­sion Schemes - Facts you need to know
Gen­er­al The new European de­riv­at­ives reg­u­la­tion (EMIR) will re­quire cer­tain coun­ter­parties to OTC de­riv­at­ives not cleared through a cent­ral coun­ter­party to put in place new col­lat­er­al ar­range­ments. ...
06 July 2016
DB to DC trans­fers - some is­sues
The in­tro­duc­tion of the new pen­sion flex­ib­il­it­ies in 2015 shone the spot­light on DB to DC trans­fers.  With great­er choice for pen­sion savers, came wor­ries about how to pro­tect them.  The lure of a quick...
27/08/2014
Trust­ee Brief­ing: Will IORP II spell the end of mem­ber-nom­in­ated trust­ees?
Maria Ro­dia, part­ner at CMS, and Eliza­beth Richard­son, law­yer at CMS, con­sider the im­pact new le­gis­la­tion will have on mem­ber-nom­in­ated trust­ees in En­gaged In­vestor. Trust­ee Brief­ing: Will IORP II spell...
28/04/2014
CMS adds 31 part­ners across the firm
CMS is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of 31 part­ners across Europe, which in­cludes five in the UK.UK Seni­or Part­ner Penelope Warne com­ments: “We are de­lighted to wel­come our new part­ners. In­clud­ing...