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Matthew Preston

Matthew Preston

Senior Associate

Senior Associate
Matthew Preston

Matthew Preston specialises in all aspects of pensions law. Matthew joined Clifford Chance from another well respected City pensions practice.

His 18 years of post-qualification experience is wide-ranging and includes advising companies and trustees in relation to mergers, acquisitions, disposals, buy-in and buy-out transactions, restructuring projects and complaints to the Pensions Ombudsman as well as the day-to-day running of pension schemes.

  • Advising a UK insurance company on the pensions issues involved in establishing a joint venture with another regulated EU-based insurance company
  • Advising a large aircraft manufacturer on the UK pension issues relating to the sale of its global maintenance, repair and overhaul division
  • Advising one of the bidders on the auction of Harrods Bank 
  • Advising a multi-national stationary group on the sale of a majority stake in its European office supplies operations
  • Advising on the establishment of a new joint venture coffee business and the establishment of a new UK defined benefit pension scheme as well as advising on pensions matters across several other EMEA jurisdictions
  • Advising a multi-national oil company on the disposal of its downstream Australian companies
  • Advising a global bank on the separation of the EMI pension plan and its subsequent buyout with Pension Insurance Corporation
  • Advising a large European company on the disposal of its packaging division across 20+ jurisdictions for a gross price of €1.7 billion
  • Advising various specialist insurers on numerous pension scheme buy-in and buy-out transactions
  • Advising the trustees of a closed pension scheme on the buy-out and winding-up of the pension scheme

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Oxford (MA, Jurisprudence) 1996
  • Training contract, Linklaters 1997
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1999
  • Solicitor, Linklaters 1999
  • Solicitor, Herbert Smith 2006
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2011

Professional bodies

  • Full member of the Association of Pension Lawyers
  • Treasurer of the PLSA (Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association) North London Group