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Matthew Preston

Matthew Preston

Senior Associate

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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