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London — Mayer Brown today announced the appointment of Jay Doraisamy as a London-based partner in the Pensions practice. Jay joins the firm from Dentons, where she was a partner in the pensions practice. Prior to Dentons, Jay headed the London pensions team at Eversheds.

Jay’s work covers the full range of pensions advisory work including funding, benefit redesign projects, scheme closures and amendments, and defined benefit/contribution schemes. She has also been involved in the banking reform ring-fencing requirements and the impact of US Chapter 11 proceedings on UK pensions schemes. Jay has considerable experience advising trustees and the employers of large, complex pensions arrangements, including many household names. In addition, her advisory experience spans sectors such energy, banking, transport, chemicals, manufacturing and water.

Jay, who has more than 22 years of experience as a pensions lawyer, sits on the Association of Pension Lawyers’ international sub-committee.

She joins Mayer Brown’s line up of seven Pensions partners within the established team with wide-ranging strengths across all areas of pensions law, both contentious and non-contentious. The Pensions team acts for funds associated with many of the FTSE 100/250 companies and a large number of the UK's top pension funds by asset value. Lawyers in the team also have a reputation for advising on innovative and complex issues, such as the successful landmark ruling for the trustee of the Merchant Navy Rating Pensions Fund to introduce a new deficit contribution regime.

Philippa James, head of the London Pensions practice at Mayer Brown, said: “We are delighted that Jay has joined our Pensions team. Jay’s depth of experience, particularly with larger complex schemes, together with her cross-sector knowledge will further strengthen our market-leading pensions practice.”

Jay said: “Mayer Brown has a large and well resourced Pensions team which has been advising pension schemes over many decades. It has a well-earned reputation providing cutting edge and practical solutions in relation to all the challenges faced by pension schemes throughout the years and is committed to the highest standards of client service delivery. I very much look forward to working alongside my new colleagues.”