Alternatives to occupational pensions instead of insurance solutions

– When government subsidies and legal requirements later become a yield trap –   Increasing periods of employment in the low-wage sector or as a Hartz IV recipient reduce the prospects of the subsistence minimum in working life as well as later as a pensioner. While a fine may not affect the garnishment-free income, Hartz […]

Insurance Law

Insurance law: inform in good time Nowadays, there is almost no aspect of life that cannot be covered by a insurance. The field of insurance law is broadly diversified and applies both in the area of private provision and in corporate risk minimization. Many insurances are almost regarded as basic equipment for a “carefree” life. […]

Bundesfinanzhof: How to obtain insurance cover

The Federal Court of Finance (BFH, ruling of 07.12.2016, file no. II R 1/15) decided that when the policyholder (VN) provides insurance cover for any insured person (VP), the full, non-aggregated sales price counts as the assessment basis for the insurance tax (VSt): The prerequisite for this is that the insurer (VR) participates in the […]

Foreign insurance – opportunities and risks

Foreign insurance companies, especially those from the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Union (EU) are increasingly competing with domestic providers. For insurance intermediaries and insurance customers, this creates risks, but also opportunities.   EEA and EU insurers must obtain a certificate from their home financial supervisory authority that they have sufficient own funds. […]

Insurance obligation in the KV? Part 1

On 15 July 2015, the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) issued a statement on foreign private health insurance (PKV), including considerable legal errors. “And just don’t say one thing, “I will do this tomorrow,” unless (you add) “If God wills it.” And remember thy Lord, when thou forgets, and say, “Perhaps my Lord will guide […]

Foreign life, pension and health insurance: Opportunities and risks for insurance companies and insurance brokers

Foreign insurance companies, especially those from the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Union (EU) are increasingly competing with domestic providers. For insurance intermediaries and insurance customers, this creates risks, but also opportunities. In private health insurance we see only the beginning of a development here. EEA and EU insurers must obtain a certificate […]

Alternatives to occupational pensions

Due to the low interest rates on the capital markets, it will in many cases no longer be possible to achieve positive real returns in the traditional external implementation channels of occupational pension schemes (bAV) in accordance with the German Company Pensions Act (BetrAVG). Thank God there are viable alternatives. In the case of tax-subsidised […]

Life insurance for financing and in insolvency

Differences in family provision and succession arrangements at home and abroad   The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) ruled in its judgment of 27 September 2012 (Case IX ZR 15/12) that the granting of an irrevocable subscription right – solely for the payment of a life insurance policy in the event of death – is […]

Cross-border insurance broking with Switzerland, Bermuda or the USA: Where intermediaries should be careful in cross-border transactions

In recent years, foreign insurers have increasingly sought to enter the German market – in a variety of ways: In September 2013, for example, BaFin counted a total of 216 branches and branch offices of foreign institutions in Germany. The GdV reported at the end of September 2013 that primary insurers whose head office is […]

Severance pay and other alternatives to occupational pension schemes (bAV)

– Opportunities for employers and employees to optimize pension provision –   Due to the low interest rates on the capital markets, it will in many cases no longer be possible to achieve positive real returns in the traditional external implementation channels of occupational pension schemes in accordance with the German Company Pensions Act (BetrAVG). […]