Is annuity buy-out optimal for your scheme?

The Irish defined benefit (‘DB’) pensions landscape is changing. The vast majority of schemes are now closed to new entrants, and an increasing number are also closed to future accrual. Many of these maturing schemes will have seen improvements in funding positions over recent years, brought about by a combination of positive returns on growth assets, rising interest rates and contributions from the sponsoring employer. Trustees and sponsoring employers are now increasingly focused on what actions they should take next, with some starting to consider what the “endgame” for their schemes should be.

In this webinar, Mercer experts will draw on recent Irish and international experience to discuss the various options available to schemes, from long-term run-off or “hibernation” strategies to bulk annuity solutions, as well as other novel/niche approaches.

This event will take the form of a lively debate considering the different options, with the speakers giving their own views on the features and pros/cons of the options available and how they will lead to different outcomes for trustees, sponsors and crucially pension scheme members.


  • Carol Leonard, Growth Leader, Mercer


  • Christopher Delaney, Corporate Consultant and Head of Risk Transfer, Mercer
  • John O’Brien, Partner, Strategic Risk Management leader – Europe, Mercer

Who it this webinar suitable for? 

This webinar will be of interest to Pension Managers, Finance or HR personnel with responsibility for managing their company’s defined benefit pension scheme. It will give you an overview of the important issues in pensions and help you plan your pensions agenda for the year ahead.

Mercer has the right to decline any registrations received from competitors and other potential delegates that do not match the target audience.
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