Summary

With sweeping reappraisals of retirement income and employee benefits arrangements you need innovative legal advisors who can provide multi-disciplinary solutions. BLG’s Pensions and Benefits Group is committed to working with you in every aspect of this complex area of law and helping you overcome challenges through prompt, insightful and effective solutions. With a team that consists of lawyers from various disciplines who are experienced in pensions and benefits law, including employment, litigation, and tax,  the Group has the knowledge and experience to meet your every need and unique issue.

As a pre-eminent full-service, national law firm, we act for a range of participants in retirement income and employee benefits arrangements, including plan administrators, employers, boards of directors, trustees, regulators, investment managers and plan beneficiaries. Members of the Group are active participants in professional organizations, industry groups, and advocacy on law reform in the pensions, benefits and investment fields. We provide a full range of services, including:

  • plan design and plan administration
  • investments and funding
  • plan transactions and corporate transactions
  • litigation and tax

We have extensive experience advising on complex issues arising from multi-jurisdictional arrangements. The Pensions and Benefits Group is particularly sensitive to the inter-relationship of Canadian arrangements with those in a global corporate group, and recognizes the importance and expertise of in-house counsel and other professionals and service providers.

Publications

Representative Work

  • ​Acted for a national employer in preparing defined benefit pension plans and defined contribution pension plans
  • Advised a plan administrator regarding the design and implementation of a governance structure, including consolidation of the administration of several pension plans and delegation to affiliates
  • Acted for employer in the conversion of a defined benefit pension plan to a defined contribution pension plan, with members in several provinces
  • Advised a purchaser on the pensions and benefits aspects of a significant restructuring and share acquisition of a business
  • Litigated with respect to deficit funding obligations of a participating employer in pension plan with multiple employers
  • Represented employers in resolving with the​ Canada Revenue Agency tax issues relating to registered pension plans
  • Acted for insurance companies in preparing buy-in annuity policies
  • Acted for different national employers in implementing “freezes” of their defined benefit pension plans
  • Acted for financial institutions in preparing and reviewing locked-in addenda across Canada
  • Acted for financial institutions in setting up voluntary retirement savings plans

Rankings & Recognitions

The Pensions and Benefits Group or its members are recognized in:

  • The 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Canada.
  • The 2018 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2018.
  • The 2017 edition of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.