For over 20 years, Katie has been focused on providing pension's advice to companies and trustees. She enjoys providing day to day advice to her clients, many of whom are very longstanding and has had success helping clients with significant and often high profile projects. These projects have required the coordination of large teams of lawyers and a collaborative approach with other advisers.
Katie led the team of over 300 Hogan Lovells' lawyers, advising the Trustees of the Kodak Pension Plan on their ground breaking debt for equity swap and this work won four awards in 2014 including the Financial Times Most Innovative Law Firm in Corporate and Commercial Law and Employment, Pensions and Employee Benefits Team of the Year from Legal Business.
She has also advised both buyers and sellers on the increasingly complex issues arising on mergers, acquisitions and disposals. She also leads the team which focuses on advising product providers on pension products. Katie is ranked as a leading individual in both Chambers and the Legal 500. She is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers and Pensions Management Institute.
'particularly exceptional at taking complex subjects and making them seem easy'
'Department head Katie Banks has brilliant ability'
Advising ITV on its various management projects including a longevity swap, enhanced transfer values and pension increase exchange.
Advising the trustees of the Industry-Wide Coal Schemes on an innovative debt for equity swap with UK Coal.
Advising Santander UK plc on a seven defined benefit pension scheme merger.
Advising Bestway on the pensions issues arising from the acquisition of the Co-operative Group pharmacies.
Advising Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on the pension issues arising from a joint venture with Siemens.
Chambers and the Legal 500
Financial Times Most Innovative Law Firm in Corporate and Commercial Law
The Engaged Investor Pension Lawyer of the Year 2014 Award
The European Pension Awards Innovation award
Pensions and Employee Benefits Team of 2014 Award
Legal Business Employment