Sheamal Samarasekera Senior counsel

Sheamal advises trustees, employers and insurers on all aspects of UK pensions law and practice.

He advises trustees and employers on both contentious and non-contentious pension issues including scheme establishment, the merger and closure of occupational final salary pension schemes, auto-enrolment duties, discrimination law and scheme winding-ups.

He has particular experience of advising on pensions in the context of corporate restructurings and transactions, including management of section 75 debts and advising on the powers of the UK Pensions Regulator. Sheamal has recent experience of advising on a number of corporate restructurings and acquisitions involving the use of flexible apportionment arrangements.

Sheamal also advises insurers and re-insurers on defined benefit pension risk transfer transactions including bulk annuity transactions and pension scheme buy-ins and buy-outs.

He is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers and a member of the Investment and Defined Contribution Sub-Committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

Sheamal sits on the steering group for our Balance network, a forum providing networking and peer support for all staff managing careers and home lives, to achieve a sustainable work-life balance.

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