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Thierry verkest

  1. 1. Case Studies<br />HenkBecquaert, Member of the Board of Directors FSMA<br />Thierry Verkest, Executive Director, Belgium and Luxembourg, Aon Hewitt<br />1<br />
  2. 2. Dedicated Project Team<br />Specific project requiring expertise and planning<br />Pan European Pension funds is new concept<br />Limited knowledge and experience<br />Opening closed doors<br />Specific skills and competences<br />Financial, tax and legal implications<br />Communication to local entities<br />
  3. 3. Selecting Belgium as Home Country<br /><ul><li>Regulator accessible, open-minded and supporting
  4. 4. No quantitative investment and financing regulations
  5. 5. Flexible funding definition
  6. 6. Investment policy according to prudent person principle
  7. 7. Freedom of governance framework according to specific situation
  8. 8. Zero tax base
  9. 9. Establishment of pension councils (social committees) to comply with local social regulations
  10. 10. More than 20 year of experience with pension funds
  11. 11. Multi-cultural, multi-lingual community in the centre of Europe</li></ul>Pension fund already in place in Belgium? Activity can be extended to cross-border<br />
  12. 12. Selection of Host Countries<br />Inventory of pension arrangements in Europe<br />Type of pension plan<br />Funding levels<br />Investment policy<br />Administration process and cost<br />Level of local pension expertise<br />Feasibility study for selected host countries: step-wise implementation process<br />Impact on benefit design, funding, indexation, administration<br />Which plans to transfer, which members to transfer<br />Informal meeting with local regulator<br />Communication to local management / employee representatives<br />Resistance from local stakeholders and lack of understanding/misconception<br />
  13. 13. Governance Framework<br />General Assembly<br />International Board<br />Investment Committee<br />Daily Management Committee<br />Pension Council2<br />Pension Council1<br />Pension Counciln<br />…<br /> Country1 Country2 Countryn<br />
  14. 14. Different Pension Plans in a single Pension Fund<br />Type of pension plan<br />Defined Benefit / Defined Contribution<br />Type of benefits<br />Retirement / Death-in-service / Disability<br />Type of financing<br />Employee / Employer Contributions<br />Benefit strategy<br />Maintain existing local benefits<br />Introduce cross-border pension plan<br />
  15. 15. Define your Funding and Investment Principles<br />Pooling of assets and liabilities<br />Adequate liabilities to be covered by appropriate assets<br />Financing Plan<br />Level of pension liability = required technical provision<br />Contribution policy<br />Asset ring-fencing for each country section<br />Reinsurance policy and captive management<br />Statement of Investment Principle<br />Investment strategy<br />Risk measurement and management<br />
  16. 16. How does it work?<br />
  17. 17. Making cross-border activities operational<br />Investments / Cash Management<br />Actuarial Valuation Coordination<br />Bookkeeping / Tax Declarations<br />Legal housekeeping<br />Annual Report / Reporting Authorities<br />Reinsurance<br />HOME Country (OFP)<br />Financial Activities<br />HOST Country<br />Census Data Collection<br />Recordkeeping<br />Benefit Calculation / Communication<br />Benefit Payments<br />Actuarial Processing<br />Reporting Members<br />Administration Activities<br />

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