In addition to our active involvement with national and multinational companies, we regularly provide advice to pension funds. When they have a particular fund set-up in mind, Bergamin Pensioenrechtadvies steps in to assess whether the requirements laid down by law and in the governance code are being met. And if this is not the case, we will propose possible solutions.
One of the key principles underpinning the Dutch Pension Act is good governance. The standards laid down in the governance code supplement statutory and regulatory requirements. Whereas the legislation and regulations address the substantive aspect, the governance code deals with the procedural aspect. Although the content is leading, there is also scope for individual responsibility. As a result of disparities such as these, it is not possible for everyone to be fully up to speed with the best ways to implement a new set-up. However, Bergamin Pensioenrechtadvies is familiar with all laws, regulations, standards and structures, right down to the smallest detail. This means we are well positioned to advise on any desired change within a pension fund.
Services for pension funds
Bergamin Pensioenrechtadvies takes on the role of a strategic consultant who knows the road to be followed and breaks new ground. The focus is on sharing of knowledge in this regard. Pension funds seek us out for various reasons – from setting up the governance model and the participation structure to establishing a framework for integrity management. Pension funds frequently ask us to help with the following:
- Winding-up of a pension fund
- Transfer of a pension fund
- Continuation in the form of an autonomous pension fund
- Crises at board level
- Reclassification of a company in a sector
- Remedial plans and additional contributions
Pension providers regularly call upon our consultancy services. Our focus is always on building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships, using our craftsmanship, broad social perspective and innovative approach to legal advice in relation to pensions.