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.

A noted leader in the field, Ian is reported to be "well versed on all aspects of pensions law." Chambers Europe 2021

"Ian has depth of understanding of pensions and is highly responsive and outcome focused." Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Head of pensions Ian Devlin is widely revered by the market and offers assistance to employers and trustees in all areas of the field. "He's a pensions expert; he can make the area accessible and tells you what you need to know without bogging you down in the detail," appreciates one client. Chambers Europe 2020

According to Legal 500 2020, "Ian Devlin has an excellent knowledge of the law and is very commercially minded and responsive." Another client adds that Ian "has a fantastic commercial mindset and his experience enables him to move very quickly to the best outcome for all parties."

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


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