Bosch’s cross-border plan thwarted by regulatory hurdles

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German engineering firm Bosch has transferred its Austrian pension plan to the €10.4bn VBV Pensionskasse after regulations stopped its initial aim of consolidating funds in Germany. At the end of 2018, Bosch decided to consolidate its existing pension plans and to implement a new defined contribution pension plan, covering approximately 2,000 employees of various subsidiaries in Austria. The company initially intended to fund pension obligations through a company-owned Pensionsfonds vehicle domiciled in Germany. However, after several months of planning, including feasibility studies on how the German Pensionsfonds could operate cross-border, Bosch decided to put the project aside. “We wanted to create a harmonised pension provision for all affected subsidiaries in Austria, funded by the Bosch Pensionsfonds,” a spokesperson told IPE. &

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