Squire Sanders Hammonds was crowned Global Pensions Law Firm of the Year last night at an awards ceremony at London's Sheraton Park Lane Hotel.
The awards are run by Global Pensions magazine which serves the institutional pensions industry across the globe. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges and the awards were presented by top TV comedian Sandi Toksvig.
The firm beat strong competition from Allen & Overy, Hogan Lovells, Sackers and Hunter Employee Benefits Law. Other winners on the night included:
- International Benefits Consultant – Mercer
- Actuary - Aon Hewitt
- Transition Management - JP Morgan
- Custodian - Northern Trust
The award, which the firm also won in 2003, 2004 and 2005, recognises the quality of products and services offered by the firm within the international corporate pensions industry.
François Barker, the firm’s Global Practice Group Leader for Pensions, said: “We are confident about our strength, breadth, experience and market presence. Winning this award again this year is a remarkable achievement and demonstrates the strength of reputation that the pensions team has built at a global level. There is no doubt that the global platform we were able to put forward as a result of the Hammonds / Squire Sanders combination was instrumental in helping us secure the award."
Squire Sanders Hammonds' pensions group is a key practice within the firm and is one of the largest and most experienced pure pensions teams, with 15 partners and 45 other specialist lawyers. The UK team is supplemented by colleagues in the European and US offices who carry out pensions and benefits work. The firm’s pensions client base includes 16 companies listed in the FT Global 500, nine current FTSE 100 listed companies, 11 current FTSE 250 listed companies and ten Sunday Times Top Track 100 companies, many of whom are serviced through a number of offices.
The firm's key clients include employers and trustees involved in pension plans sponsored by Veolia, ICI, Vodafone, Alliance Boots, Land Rover, Tesco, IMI, Compass, State Street, Halliburton, Babcock International, Peugeot, Kraft Foods, the Satake Corporation and the Professional Footballers' Pension Scheme.