Dr. Kurt C. Schweizer, Rechtsanwalt LL.M. - Pension Law
Kurt C. Schweizer has dedicated his professional career to employment benefit law ever since it has become mandatory that employers provide for a pension fund that grants bnefits to retired and to disabled persons as well as to someone closely related to a deceased person. He stays aware of the continuously governing fundamental values and principles that the dynamics of legislation tend to overlay.
Kurt C. Schweizer advises and represents the pension funds of local companies as well as of Swiss subsidiaries of international corporations. He has dealt with some of the biggest company or community related pension funds as well as with leading collective funds including collective funds connected to insurance companies. He also represents corporations and executives in disputes against pension funds.
Kurt C. Schweizer supports his clients in fulfilling their duties to report to the state agencies in charge of the supervision of the pension funds. For decisions or transactions that require the approval of the agencies, he prepares and files the applications. He also contests orders issued by the agencies. Kurt C. Schweizer advises pension funds as well as affiliated and otherwise involved companies on splits or partial liquidations of the fund triggered by corporate reorganizations and represents them in court cases on approvals or rejections of plans regarding the distribution of pension and other accruals. Furthermore, he supports transfers of groups of insured persons or beneficiaries and of the respective acruals from one pension fund to another and assists his clients in negotiating the terms of such transfer. Routinely – imperatively if the pension fund be restructured financially – Kurt C. Schweizer collaborates with financial advisors, actuaries and auditors.
Additionally, Kurt C. Schweizer assists charitable foundations in amending the articles and submitting them to the agencies in charge of the supervision of foundations for approval, in reporting duties and many other issues. His persistence paid off in a case of great public and political attention when the High Court of Zurich revoked a suspension of the board of foundation after the respective order of the supervisory agency had been upheld for years.
Kurt C. Schweizer publishes regularly in the leading Swiss magazine on pension benefits and speaks at conferences. His profound academic background, almost intuitive perception of the relevant facts, thorough analyses and precise language are the foundation for his strong commitment to best serve his clients’ needs and interests. He lives up to his full potential concentrating on independently counseling his clients and only exceptionally serves as a board member.
Kurt C. Schweizer graduated from the University of Zurich with a doctoral thesis on employment benefits (J.D., 1985) and the University of Miami (LL.M., 1995). In 1987 he passed the bar exam and is allowed to represent clients before all courts in Switzerland.