Appointments update 15 May

- Travers Smith LLP has promoted two of its senior pensions lawyer, David James and Dan Naylor to its partnership, effective from 1 July 2015.

James has specialised in pensions law for over a decade and he has a broad range of experience of providing legal advice to the trustees and sponsors of pension schemes of all sizes. He recently advised the trustee of the Vodafone Group Pension Scheme on the merger with the Cable and Wireless Worldwide Retirement Plan, involving the transfer of nearly £2bn of assets and derivative arrangements.

Naylor has advised pension scheme trustees, pension scheme sponsors and parties to large corporate transactions on all aspects of pensions law and practice since 2004. His recent work includes major projects such as the recent TRW Pension Scheme liability management exercise, which culminated in the largest ever UK pensions buy-out (£2.5bn).

- TRUST|Pensions has appointed Dick Strattan as an independent strategic adviser. Strattan will be responsible for strategic engagement with EBCs and corporate advisory firms that are looking to work with a master trust to provide customisable DC solutions for their clients.

He was formerly a partner at Mercer and worked in the employee benefits, pension and investment marketplace for his entire career.

- Avida International has appointed Dorothee Franzen as a partner. She will take on a dual role of supporting the team in servicing multi-national companies on cross-border pension investment governance and expanding Avida’s footprint into Germany.

Previously, she was a director at Allianz Global Investors where she headed international pension research. Further to her role at Avida she is director of the ‘Allianz-Oxford Pensions Conference’ and visiting research associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford.

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