Ian Devlin


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Ian is a Partner and Head of Pensions in William Fry's Employment & Benefits team. Ian advises employers and pension scheme trustees on all areas of pension law and has extensive experience in advising on issues related to pension scheme funding, investment and restructuring.

Significant recent experience includes:

  • Acting for a US Silicon Valley based multi-national on a major project related to freezing its Irish defined benefit scheme to future accrual.
  • Advising the trustees of a large defined benefit scheme on a funding and contingent asset security package in the context of the sale of the sponsoring employer's life assurance business.
  • Advising the trustees of a US multi-national's Irish defined benefit scheme on an overseas transfer of that scheme’s assets and liabilities to a Belgian cross-border pension vehicle.
  • Acting for a UK based multi-national on the restructuring of its Irish defined benefit scheme arising from the sale of a portfolio of its Irish businesses.

Ian is a former Chairman of the Association of Pension Lawyers in Ireland. He is currently a member of the DC Sub-Committee of the Irish Association of Pension Funds and he has spoken at a variety of forums on topical pension issues.

Ian Devlin heads the pensions department. He is a highly regarded practitioner with experience assisting trustees with transaction-related projects as well as wind-ups. He also advises on governance topics and regulatory obligations. Chambers Europe 2019

Clients say his "knowledge and advice were invaluable" and praise his "calm and measured approach".  He is "very commercial in adapting things to the real world." Chambers and Partners 2016

Sources appreciated well-regarded pensions lawyer Ian Devlin for his "ability to explain complicated issues in a non-complex way." Chambers and Partners 2015

Ian Devlin is "a leading pensions lawyer." Legal 500 2015

Ian Devlin - Chambers Europe 19

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