UK - Close Brothers has appointed Christopher Clayton as managing director to head its Pensions Advisory Group (PAG).
He was a lead director in Grant Thornton's mergers and acquisitions practice and has most recently specialised in advising companies and trustees on issues relating to their pensions schemes.
Up until August 2007, Clayton spent nine months on secondment to the Pensions Regulator, working as a business and financial analyst in the corporate risk management team.
Stephen Aulsebrook, chief executive of Close Brothers Corporate Finance, said: "Not only does he have first hand experience of how the regulator works but he is also well placed to provide feedback to the regulator on how its policies shape transactions and influence company behaviour."
Close Brothers pension advisory mandates included advising Polestar Corporation, a commercial printing company, on its £1.1bn ($2.18bn) restructuring, which involved protecting a significant pension scheme and advising the trustees on a number of high profile situations, some of which remain ongoing.
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