Mercer, the pensions and employee benefits consultancy, has announced the expansion of its Financial Strategy Group (FSG) to the Midlands in response to increased client demand for its specialist defined benefit (DB) pensions risk management services in the region. The newly formed team of seven specialists will predominantly be based in Mercer s Birmingham office and will service clients across the Midlands. The team will be jointly led by Jane Ralph, a Birmingham-based Partner, and Jonathan Repp and Suthan Rajagopalan, both Principals
Fiona Dunsire, CEO of Mercer UK, said: Mercer has been helping companies in the Midlands with de-risking issues for many years and we are excited to now have a dedicated team available locally to respond to the recent increase in demand for the services that FSG provides. We currently see a strong demand for advice on investment strategy, liability driven investment, liability management, bulk annuities, longevity swaps, capital management, pensions financing and accounting
The group s new local leadership team will bring together excellent market experience and a broad range of pensions risk management specialist skills.
Mercer s Financial Strategy Group was established in London in 2007 in response to a growing demand from clients for strategic pension risk management advice. The group brings together Mercer s pensions and investment skills to provide a holistic approach to risk management and help trustee and corporates tackle their pension risk challenges. Since its creation, it has more than trebled in size and the group s new UK headcount, following the establishment of the Midlands team, will be 70
By creating a dedicated team in the Midlands region, Mercer s FSG expects to enhance the services brought to its existing local clients, and to add value to a wider range of clients in the region. In additional to the leadership team, the Birmingham-based FSG team will consist of Danielle Markham, Khalil Varachhia, Richard Forrest and Baljit Khatra.