Debevoise Advises Prudential in Pension Agreement with J. C. Penney Company

2 October 2015

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is advising The Prudential Insurance Company of America, a Prudential Financial, Inc. company, on an agreement with J.C. Penney Company (“JCPenney”) to settle a substantial portion of JCPenney’s retiree pension benefit obligations through a group annuity purchase. The transaction, combined with a JCPenney lump sum payment offering which concluded in September, is expected by JCPenney to reduce its pension liabilities by 25 to 35%.

Prudential Financial, Inc, a financial services leader, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The company is committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential’s iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century.

The Debevoise team is led by partner Alexander R. Cochran and includes partner Jonathan F. Lewis and associates Angela W. Lee, Matthew B. Parelman, Rebecca J. Sayles and Emily Zand.

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