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Employment and Benefits

Belgium: recent experience

Our recent work includes: 

  • ​Conducting feasibility studies and coordinating the roll-out across 18 jurisdictions worldwide (in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Central and Latin America) of novel cross-border employee benefit insurance products (including two IORP based products) aimed at expatriate and migrating employees of multinational employers, for a major worldwide insurer.
  • Leading a pension reorganisation project for an international bank, including a split of assets and liabilities and demerger within the current Belgian pension fund, the establishment of a new pension fund; and the transfer of assets and liabilities to a new pension fund. We worked closely with the pension fund’s actuary and board members and assisted in discussions and negotiations with the works council, the pension fund board members and the Belgian pensions regulator.
  • Advising a financial institution in two separate proceedings before the labour court concerning a claim initiated by former employees regarding (state) pension funding during expatriate assignments.
  • Advising a client in the context of legal proceedings in Belgium and in Spain initiated by employers offering and employees benefitting from pension arrangements insured with an insurer who was forced into liquidation by the regulator.
  • Advising a large multinational company on different scenarios for the international pooling of pension assets, including the use of a captive insurance company.
  • Advising multiple clients on the pensions, insurance and tax implications of M&A transactions, mergers and demergers of pension plans and/or pension funds, pension plan harmonisations, and collective pension plan asset transfers between pension funds and/or group insurers. 

 

Pensions practice in Belgium



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