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Martin Bird

Partner, Aon Hewitt, UK

Martin Bird is a partner at Aon Hewitt and head of Aon Hewitt’s risk settlement practice, which specializes in providing strategic risk management and longevity advice to a range of large UK and multinational clients with pension plans ranging in size from £50 million to over £30 billion. This includes structuring risk transfer transactions, advising on the value for money of different types of solution, and identifying which solutions provide the best fit to client objectives. He has led a number of high-profile longevity risk transfer transactions, including the BMW, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, and Pilkington deals, each of which covered £1 billion or more of pension liabilities.

Articles by this Author

  • Obstacles to the Further Development of the Longevity Swaps Market for Pension Funds
    by Martin Bird, Tim Gordon
    The combined liabilities of occupational pension plans in the United Kingdom are around £1 trillion. These liabilities are predominantly defined-benefit, consisting of immediate and deferred annuities, and therefore the majority of the benefit payments depend on the longevity of the beneficiaries. Given that these pension plans are materially exposed to longevity risk—i.e. the risk that their beneficiaries may live longer than expected—and the...

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