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Defined Benefit Versus Defined Contribution Pension Plans: The Basics

Posted in Contractual Matters, Private Equity, Private Transactions, Public M&A, Strategy

When purchasing an existing business, many buyers are understandably reluctant to assume obligations under a target’s defined benefit (DB) pension plan. Under a traditional DB plan, members (i.e. plan participants) are entitled to a guaranteed pension amount calculated by a formula. While active employees may contribute to such plans, each Canadian jurisdiction’s laws place the employer squarely on the hook if the plan’s assets are not enough to fund the promised benefits – and, as many of us have now seen, DB plans’ current funding woes are well-publicized. In addition, DB plans are subject to a complex regulatory scheme and … Continue Reading