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Canadian Pensions & Benefits

Navigating the complex regulatory scheme to maximize your reward

The landscape of the pension sector requires counsel with both deep technical expertise and a holistic view of the industry. Our pensions team partners with some of Canada’s largest corporations and funds to advise on day-to-day pension compliance and structuring matters, and provide strategic guidance on complex, often cross-border, transactions. We pride ourselves on developing creative, practical solutions to complex pension plan issues and transactions that advance our clients’ business goals, and minimize risk.

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Our Approach

One of our key differentiators is the depth and breadth of our reach across all parts of pension investment, regulatory counsel, transactional issues, investments, major transition issues, and guiding on executive compensation and employee benefits. Our dedicated, goal-oriented pension attorneys provide clear and cost-effective advice on a broad spectrum of matters impacting employers and plan administrators in both the public and private sectors. We serve as an extension of your team to help you negotiate the complex and evolving legal and regulatory requirements governing the area.

Areas of Focus
  • Plan design, administration, maintenance, and termination
  • Complex issues arising in corporate mergers, acquisitions and disposals
  • Advising product providers on pension products
  • Tax considerations (federal and provincial)
  • Plan mergers
  • Pension surplus
  • Funding
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Solvency & restructuring
Key Experience
  • New compensation and benefit plans and employment policies
  • Pension surpluses, deficits, and plan asset transfers
  • Transfer of personal information
  • Plan governance best practices
  • New pension plan advice and implementation
Our Clients
  • Sponsoring employers
  • Trustees
  • Buyers
  • Fiduciaries
  • Investors
  • Lenders
  • Insurers
  • Pension Providers
Thought Leaders

The team is known as prominent thought leaders on a wide range of pension-related topics, written and co-written textbooks on pension law, and written and presented on issues related to defined contribution (DC) pension plans, target benefit pension plans (TBPPs), and pension investment law.

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