History of IPEBLA

Remembering the Past, Planning for the Future

In 2014, the Steering Committee, with many founding members in or nearing retirement, undertook the task of writing its history. As an organization, we recognize the importance of remembering the past while planning for the future. We have since continued updating these records every two years to include the names of key leaders of the organization, award recipients, and memories shared by those in attendance at our conferences. Some key themes we are exploring within the Steering Committee’s current term include continuing to branch out our membership recruitment and retention initiatives by reaching out to prospective members in countries having never before held membership with IPEBLA, updating our website, expanding our work on a Regulatory Liaison Committee, and exploring creating Global Equity Compensation streams at our conferences. We look forward to continuing this work and reporting back to our members in 2019.

IPEBLA was founded in 1987 by pension lawyer Tony Thurnham. As a young practitioner, Tony was faced with the challenge of advising clients on the pension issues associated with cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Tony believed that an international forum to facilitate the sharing of information and ideas could be beneficial to all of its participants.

The organization that was to become IPEBLA held its first (unofficial) conference in London later that same year. Subsequently, the newly formed Steering Committee chose to name the organization the International Pension & Employee Benefits Law Association as a reflection of the organization’s breadth and focus.

Through the dedicated leadership of successive Steering Committees, and strategic partnerships with in-country legal organizations, IPEBLA has grown significantly from that initial informal gathering in London. It now boasts a membership of 250, with members in all corners of the globe. We invite you to click here to read more about the history of IPEBLA in Remembering the Past, Planning for the Future. You will find information about IPEBLA’s early years, its biennial conferences, its publications, as well as a list of key players involved in the association over the years, amongst other things. IPEBLA’s strong and varied history is the foundation for what is to come, and we hope that you will share your comments and memories with contactIPEBLA@redstoneagency.ca in this regard as we look toward the future.

Carolyn Trenda
Chair, Steering Committee 


Past Steering Committee Chairs


Jana Steele
Partner, Pensions & Benefits
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP


Lisa Butler Beatty
Head of the Wealth Management Office of the Trustee and Special Counsel
Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Mitch Frazer
Torys LLP


Jonathan Seres
Retired Partner
Sacker & Partners LLP/Solicitors


Randy Bauslaugh
McCarthy Tétrault LLP


Thomas Jorgensen
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP


Philip Bennett
Slaughter & May


Bjorn Dannberg
Head of Legal Department
KPA Pension Insurance


Janet G. Downing
Lawyer & Consultant
Watson & Wyatt Worldwide


Louis C. M. Kuypers
Houthoff Buruma


David W. Ellis
Baker & McKenzie


Ian J. F. McSweeney
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, LLP


Marianne H. van Coeverden
District Court of Justice - The Hague

Susan Serota
Pillsbury, Winthrop, LLC


James P. Klein
Deloitte & Touche


Tony Thurnham 
Linklaters LLP

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