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Pension & Benefit Legal/Regulatory Associations

International Association for Insurance Law/ Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances (AIDA)
AIDA is a non-profit making international association, formed in 1960, for the purpose of promoting and developing at an international level, collaboration between its members with a view to increasing the study and knowledge of international and national insurance law and related matters. It is AIDA’s aim to propose measures with a view to the insurance industry adopting them at a national and international level, leading to harmonisation of insurance law or means for resolution of insurance disputes.
Working Parties include: Life Pension and Collective Insurance

Prof. Bill Dufwa
Stockholm University
S-10691 Stockholm
Tel: 46 8 16 32 92
Fax: 46 8 612 41 09

Ad Hoc Group on Private Pensions of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), (OECD WPPP)

Michel Benoit
Tel: 001 514 904 8110

International Organisation of Pension Supervisors (IOPS)
The International Organisation of Pension Supervisors (IOPS) is an independent international body representing those involved in the supervision of private pension arrangements. The organisation currently has around 60 members and observers representing approximately 50 countries and territories worldwide.

President: Mr. Ross Jones,
Vice President: Mr. Edward Odundo,
Chair Technical Committee: Ms. Solange Berstein,

International Social Security Association (ISSA)
The International Social Security Association (ISSA) is the principal international institution bringing together social security agencies and organizations. The ISSA’s aim is to promote dynamic social security as the social dimension in a globalizing world by supporting excellence in social security administration. Founded in 1927, the ISSA Secretariat has its headquarters at the International Labour Office, in Geneva.

Hans-Horst Konkolewsky
Secretary General
Tel: 41 22 799 6617

Liaison Offices and Technical Advisors:
Bony Malefahlo
ISSA Liaison Office for Southern Africa
Tel: 27 12 312 7239

Arun Kumar
ISSA Liaison Office for South Asia
T: 91 11 232 37 294

Juan José Laxagueborde
Liaison Officer, ISSA Liaison Office for the Southern Cone of the Americas
Tel: 54 11 4381 5556 or 4381 5518

Sofia Amrani
Liaison Officer, ISSA Liaison Office for North Africa

Ewane Joseph Ejuba
ISSA Technical Adviser for Africa
Tel: 233 21 67 74 94

Frank W. Alleyne
ISSA Technical Adviser for the English-speaking Caribbean
Tel: 1 246 428 65 90

David Zambrano Ramírez
ISSA Liaison Office for the Andean Countries
Tel: 51 1 6143914

Diana K. Jreisat
ISSA Liaison Office for Arab Countries
Tel: 962 6 550 19 77

R. Vijaya Kumar
ISSA Liaison Office for South East Asia
Tel: 603 2691 0215

International Federation of Pension Funds Administrators (FIAP)
According to its by-laws, the corporate purpose of the International Federation of Pension Fund Administrators (FIAP) is to disseminate, promote, defend, publicize and otherwise facilitate the development of social security systems based on saving and individual capitalization, through pension funds managed by financial services companies: pension fund administrators.
A fairly extensive international directory of pension contacts is available here.

FIAP- International Federation of Pension Funds Administrators
Av. 11 de septiembre 2155 - Tower B, Floor 14 Providencia, Santiago, Chile
Tel: 56-2 381 1723
Fax: 56-2 381 2655
The President of the organization is Guillermo Arthur Errázuriz.

International Network of Pension Regulators and Supervisors (INPRS)

International Pensions Research Network (IPRN)
Pensions-Research.Org is the website of the International Pensions Research Network (IPRN),  the research network of the International Network of Pension Regulators and Supervisors (INPRS). INPRS  includes regulatory and supervisory organisations and individuals in over 60 countries. Members of IPRN will include both individual scholars and experts as well as research centres.

Pensions@yahoogroups.Com  is a discussion group for pensions issues run by the International Pensions Research Network (IPRN). The group is hosted at the commercial server so that members can take advantage of its features (e.g., control over how you receive messages, ease of unsubscribing, etc.). At present, there are about 775 subscribers to the pensions list from all over the world. Discussions and announcements tend to have an academic focus. To subscribe, go to or send mail to:

La Asociación Internacional de Organismos de Supervisión de Fondos de Pensiones (AIOS)

Association of Pension Lawyers – United Kingdom (APL)
The APL is an association established and run by lawyers specialising in pensions in the UK. It is non-profit making. Its main aims are to promote awareness of the importance of the role of law in the provision of pensions and to operate as a forum for discussion and education amongst pension lawyers.

Pauline Sibbit:
Tel: 44 (0)20 7615 9556
Fax: 44 (0)20 7248 0552

Belgian Pensions Lawyers Association (BePLA)
The association seeks to promote awareness of the importance of the role of law in the provision of pensions, disability, medical and other related benefits and in defining the relationships between employers, pension funds, insurance companies, employees, beneficiaries and other stakeholders. It brings together Belgian bar members (avocats/advocaten) who have experience in advising or litigating in pension law matters.

Jan Van Gysegem
Tel: 32 (0)2 761 47 89
Fax: 32 (0)2 761 46 79
Contact page

Pension Lawyers Association of South Africa (PLA)
The Pension Lawyers Association of South Africa was founded in 1996 and is a body of legal practitioners who specialize in giving advice on retirement fund and employee benefits law and practice.

Karen Quinlan
PLA President
Mobile +27 82 3777 017

Andrew Mestern
Tel 086 111 1065 021 782 6943 Fax 086 566 7817

PO Box 22580, Fish Hoek, 7974, South Africa

American Bar Association (ABA): Labour and Employment Section 

Contact Information:
American Bar Association
Section of Labor and Employment Law
321 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Tel: 001 312 988 5813
Fax: 001 312 988 5814

American Bar Association (ABA): Labour and Employment Section, Employee Benefits Committee
Co-Chairs of the Committee:
Mark D Debofsky

Douglas M Selwyn
1001 McKinney Street
Suite 550
Houston, TX 77002
Tel: 001 713 650 3850
Fax: 001 713 650 3851

Charles Benno Wolf
Tel: 001 312 609 7888
Fax: 001 312 609 5005 

Vereniging voor pensioenrecht (Dutch Association of Pension Lawyers)
The Association of Pension Law is an association open to anyone interested in pension law. The association organizes an average of four meetings per year. The themes of these meetings are topical issues in the pension world. Once a year a book published following one of the meetings.

Mr. W. (Willem) Wille
Postbus 2031
3000 CA Rotterdam
Tel: 010 8801 387
Fax: 010 8801 963

Vereniging van Pensioenjuristen (Dutch Association of Pension Law)
Since 2001 there is a group of certified pension consultants and pension lawyers all these developments closely, interpret and implement. The pension shall be entitled CPL lawyers, pension consultants CPC title. For the title retired lawyer / consultant to acquire and retain one must to a large number of requirements. Click here for more information about requirements.

Prof. Dr. E. Lutjens
Tel: 31 20 59 86268

Canadian Bar Association (CBA) National Pensions and Benefits Law Section 
This National Section has been developed based on the rationale that pensions and benefits law affects all members of the public across Canada, in all provincial jurisdictions and in the federal jurisdiction, and encompasses a wide range of complex legal issues. As such, a need existed for a national non-partisan voice to further the knowledge of pensions and benefits law within the legal profession to contribute to national policy, harmonization and legislative initiatives and to serve as a legal resource for the public.

Branch Section Chairs:
Mitch Frazer - Torys LLP
79 Wellington St W
PO Box 270 Stn Toronto Dom
Toronto, ON
M5K 1N2
Tel: 001 416 865 8220
Fax: 001 416 865 7380

British Columbia/Colombie-Britannique
Murray Campbell - Lawson Lundell LLP
1600-925 Georgia St W
Vancouver, BC
V6C 3L2
Tel: 001 604 631 9187
Fax: 001 604 669 1620

Alberta - Edmonton
Steven Mandziuk - Finning (Canada), a division of Finning International Inc.
16830 107 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB
T5P 4C3
Tel: 001 780 930 8881
Fax: 001 416 930 4806

Alberta - Edmonton
Thomas Duke - Miller Thomson LLP
2700-10155 102 St NW
Edmonton, AB
T5J 4G8
Tel: 001 780 429 9742
Fax: 001 780 424 5866

Michel Benoit
Tel: 001 514 904 8110

Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Pension and Benefits Section 
Pension and benefit issues are taking on considerable importance and this Section can help position you and your practice to deal with the emerging issues. This Section deals extensively with the establishment, funding, administration and regulation of pension plans, profit sharing plans, deferred compensation arrangements, and other employee benefit plans in both the public and private sectors.

Ari Kaplan, Koskie Minsky LLP
Tel: 001 416 595 2087

Pension & Benefits


ustralian securities and investments commission ("asic")
australian prudential regulation authority ("apra")
Australian Taxation Office ("ATO")
Industry Funds Forum
Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees
Parliament of Australia

Association of Austrian Occupational Pensionfunds

Ministère des Affaires sociales, de la Santé publique et de l'EnvironnementSocial affairs ministry
Office national des pensionsPensions office
Union professionnelle des entreprises d'assurancesInsurance industry consortium
Commission Bancaire, Financiere et des Assurances

Alberta Treasury - Employment Pensions
Manitoba Pension Commission
Financial Services Commission of Ontario (formerly Pension Commission of Ontario)
Régie des rentes du Québec
Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (Canada)
Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (formerly Revenue Canada)Registered Plans Divisions
Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
CPP Disability Benefits
Old Age Security (OAS)
Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
Spouse's Allowance
International Social Security Agreements
Benefits Canada (lots of good links under "Web Watch")
Benefits and Pension Monitor

Den Sociale SikringsstyrelseSocial security agency
FinanstilsynetFinancial supervisory agency
SocialforskningsinstituttetSocial research institute
SocialministerietSocial affairs ministry
Danish Insurance Association


Agence centrale des organismes de sécurité socialePension Agency
Association générale des institutions de retraite des cadres, Agirc Pension agency
Association des régimes de retraites complémentaires, ArrcoPensions agency
Caisse national d'assurance viellessePensions agency
Bundesministerium für Arbeit und SozialordnungSocial affairs ministry
Hong Kong
The Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority which is responsible for policing the new pensions regime in Hong Kong
The Securities and Futures Commission which is responsible for the supervision of the public marketing of pension funds (and their associated investment funds)
Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (this site is useful as it includes an "ORSO" corner with information on the Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance (which governs schemes other than MPF schemes) and its Registrar)
Labour Department
Equal Opportunities Commission
Immigration Department
The Hong Kong Investment Funds Association
Irish Association of Pension Funds

Ministry of Finance

Istituto Nazionale della Previdenza Sociale (INPS)Social security agency
Istituto Nazionale di Previdenza per i Dipendenti dell'Amministrazione PubblicaPublic sector workers' pensions

Financial Supervisory AgencyFinancial supervisory agency

The Netherlands
Pension regulator
Dutch Association of Insurers
Social and Economics Council in the Netherlands
Statistics Netherlands
Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis
Social security information centre
Social Insurance Bank
FOCUS! The new supervisory approach of De Nederlandsche Bank


New Zealand
Office of the Retirement Commissioner
Superannuation news
Investment Savings & Insurance Association (ISI)
Association of Superannuation Funds of New Zealand (ASFONZ)
General Information on Superannuation

Portugal (pension fund management company)

South Africa
South African Revenue Service
Financial Services Board 
Institute of Retirement Funds
Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos SocialesSocial affairs ministry
Bundesmt für Sozialversicherung
Skatteverket/National Tax Board
Försäkringskassan/Swedish Social Insurance Federation
Finansinspektionen/Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority
Försäkringsföbundet/The Swedish Insurance Federation
SIRP/The Swedish Association of Institutions for Retirement Provisions
Svenskt Näringsliv/Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
TCO/The Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees
Riksdagen/The Swedish Parliament
Regeringskansliet/Governement Offices of Sweden
Alecta Insurance
KPA Insurance
SPP Insurance
Riksförsäkringsverket/National Insurance Board

United Kingdom
Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA)
Axia Economics (lots of good links)
Association of British Insurers (ABI)
Birkbeck CollegeCentre for Pensions & Social Insurance
Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
Faculty & Institute of Actuaries (joint website)
Financial Services Authority (FSA)
Government Actuary
Houses of Parliament
Income Data Services
Inland Revenue
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Investment Management Regulatory Organisation
Investments and Pensions Europe
Local Government Pensions Division Site
National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF)
NHS Pensions Agency
Occupational Pensions Advisory Service (OPAS)
Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (OPRA)
Office of Fair Trading
Pendragon pensions information service
Pensions Institute, University of London
Pensions World Website
The Law Commission
The Pensions Ombudsman
The Pensions Protection Fund (PPF)
The Pensions Regulator
Trade Union Congress
United States
Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
U.S. Treasury
American Association of Pension Actuaries
ERISA Industry Committee
Employee Benefit Research Institute
Society of Actuaries (lots of good links)
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (lots of good links)
Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America
Social Security Administration
General Accounting Office
Benefits Link
Benefits and Compensation Solutions
Defined Contribution News
Pension and Benefits Daily
Pensions & Investments (lots of good links under Discovery)


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