For over 25 years, Katie Banks (Head of the Pensions team at Hogan Lovells) has been focused on providing pension advice to companies and trustees. She enjoys providing day-to-day advice to her clients, many of whom are very long-standing, 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 on their US$2.8bn claim in Eastman Kodak’s bankruptcy and groundbreaking debt-for-equity swap. 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.
Katie also advises 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 sits on the council of the Pensions Policy Institute, is immediate past chair of the Association of Pension Lawyers and is a member of the Pensions Management Institute.