Pensions & Pension Funds

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As the sector anticipates tomorrow

... our expertise enables our clients to act wisely, today.

We advise employers, pension funds, general pension funds (APFs), premium pension institutions (PPIs), insurance companies, and asset managers on the wide gambit of complex pension issues.

We also handle all disputes that may ensue in connection with pensions, such as investment disputes, disputes between pension funds and their service providers, disputes about duties of care, disputes in connection with the Industry Wide Pension Fund Obligatory Participation Act 2000 (Wet verplichte deelneming in een bedrijfstakpensioenfonds 2000), enforcement actions from DNB or the AFM, and disputes regarding changes in retirement benefits. Should matters necessitate, we also represent clients in the Netherlands Supreme Court.

Recent Matters

2 May 2022

Achmea acquires ABN AMRO premium pension institution ("PPI")

De Brauw has advised Achmea on its takeover of ABN AMRO Pensioeninstelling NV. This transaction gives Achmea an entrance into the Premium Pension Institution (PPI) market and enables the business to respond to the opportunities offered by the Pension Agreement.
27 December 2021

Prodrive Technologies announces minority investment by HAL

Prodrive Technologies and HAL agree on minority investment
4 October 2021

EQT Infrastructure V and Stonepeak to acquire DELTA Fiber

De Brauw advised EQT Infrastructure V ("EQT V") and Stonepeak on their acquisition of DELTA Fiber from EQT Infrastructure III. DELTA Fiber is a leading owner and operator of fiber-to-the-home telecom infrastructure in the Netherlands. EQT V and Stonepeak will each hold a 50 percent stake in DELTA Fiber and co-control the company, supported by a strong advisory board of industry professionals. DELTA Fiber will benefit from the parties' significant combined expertise in the digital infrastructure sector and vast track record in fiber rollout across the Netherlands and Europe. Together, EQT V and Stonepeak are committed to investing significantly in the continued digitalisation of the Dutch society by accelerating DELTA Fiber's fiber rollout in the Netherlands and supporting its ambition to connect two million Dutch households to fiber by 2025. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and consultation with employee representatives.

The team's pragmatism is underlined by clients, with one referencing its 'evidence- and experience-based input on deal tactics and strategies to achieve our tailored needs'. Another emphasises the practice's foresight, asserting that it has 'a good understanding of the risks involved'.

Chambers Europe, 2021
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Expertise across the whole pensions sector

We advise on:

• the pension deal (pensioenakkoord) that will be introduced in 2026;
• pension agreements including dealings with works councils;
• financing arrangements and administration agreements;
• mandatory participation in industry wide pension funds;
• governance of pension providers;
• information requirements and duties of care;
• licencing processes (PPIs and general pension funds);
• funding requirements;
• outsourcing including administration agreements and investment management (including sustainability and ESG) such as the agreements with asset managers, fiduciary managers, custodians and central clearing parties;
• cross border collective value transfers;
• lateral and unilateral changes in pension agreements; and
• all legal aspects of pensions in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Team

Eva Schram

Counsel

Esther Huijzer

Senior Associate