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Travers Smith advises the British Steel Pension Scheme on £2.7bn buy-in, making it the largest pension scheme to reach full insurance

This was the fourth buy-in transaction with Legal & General, securing in total the benefits of approximately 67,000 members. Travers Smith advised the Scheme on its three previous buy-in transactions in November 2021, May 2022 and January 2023 as part of the Scheme's strategic partnership with Legal & General.

Travers Smith announces new Co-Heads of ESG and Impact

Travers Smith LLP is delighted to announce the appointments of Doug Bryden and Heather Gagen as Co-Heads of ESG and Impact. The newly appointed Co-Heads will have responsibility for co-ordinating the firm's client delivery and knowledge offering on ESG and will lead the firm's ESG and Impact Group, supported by Simon Witney, Senior Consultant at the firm and a specialist in sustainable finance regulation, plus a team of partner specialists.

London calling - reform of UK capital markets

Now that the FCA has published its proposals for a radical overhaul of the listing regime, we take stock of the wider package of reforms affecting the UK listing, prospectus and secondary fundraising regimes. The reforms are aimed at making London a more attractive and trusted place to list and at striking a balance between achieving transparency and market integrity, whilst removing some of the complexities and key frictions that are often seen as too burdensome.

European Commission refuses to let the dust settle on the EU Taxonomy

On 5 April 2023, the Commission launched a consultation on its draft of the long-awaited technical screening criteria ("TSC") for the four remaining Taxonomy objectives, sometimes known as "TAXO4"1.  The TAXO4 TSC were initially intended to be in place by 1 January 2023, a year after the TSC for the first two environmental objectives, but have been significantly delayed. Therefore, the draft's publication finally provides a fuller picture of the Taxonomy and gives those with ambition to align to the remaining environmental objectives an idea of the scale of that task.

Travers Smith marks Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

At Travers Smith we believe the wellbeing of everyone is critically important. To mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2023, we are running a series of events featuring mental health experts to raise awareness of mental health challenges and to promote mindfulness and self-care.

Court of Appeal upholds decision that tax silk advising investment scheme promoter owed no duty of care to investors: McClean & Ors v Andrew Thornhill [2023] EWCA Civ 446

In its recent decision in McClean & Ors v Thornhill, the Court of Appeal found that a leading tax silk appointed to advise the promoter of three tax avoidance schemes did not owe a duty of care to investors, notwithstanding that the silk had consented to his advice being shared with the investors. The decision provides useful guidance as to the circumstances in which professionals, particularly legal professionals, may be found to have adopted a duty of care to prospective claimants by whom they have not been directly instructed.

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