Fintech impact on professional pensions to be discussed at Zurich PFF

The InvestmentEurope Pension Fund Forum held in Zurich on 24 November will feature a panel debate on the impact of the Fintech industry on professional pensions, the so called Second Pillar in the Swiss pension system.

The panel will consist of Michael Appenzeller, co-founder of fintech firm Etops & Fundbase, Vera Kupper Staub, vice president at OAK BV, an  industry body of professional pensions in Switzerland, and Adrian Gautschi, owner and investment strategy advisor at Gautschi Advisory.

Throughout the debate, Appenzeller will represent the point of view of the fintech industry, with this hirm currently employing 80 members of staff worlfwide and advising wealth- and asset managers managing $30bn in assets. He has been part of Fundbase since 2013, alongside his position as co-founder and managing director at Etops, which focusses on operations outsourcing and projects for hedge funds, leading family offices, fund of funds and asset managers.

As vice president of the Oberaufsichtskommission Berufliche Vorsorge (OAK BV), which launched in 2012,  Kupper Staub will reflect the point of view of the professional pensions industry. Alongside her current role, she is also a member of the investment committee for Milan-based charitable foundation Fondazione Cariplo. Prior to that, she worked among others as board member at Swiss Pensions Association ASIP and was in charge of investment strategies of the City of Zurich pension fund.

Gautschi currently acts as an independent advisor helping Swiss SME businesses with the implementation of Swiss professional pension regulation, focussing on investment strategy, risk management and controlling. Prior to that, he spent 12 years in charge of investment controlling at Complementa, which was acquired by State Street in 2011, in 2012, Gautschi launched investment firm Invalue.

Mona Dohle
Mona Dohle speaks German and Dutch, she is DACH & Benelux Correspondent for InvestmentEurope. Prior to that, she worked as a journalist in Egypt and Palestine. She started her career as a journalist working for a local German newspaper. Mona graduated with an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS and has completed the CISI Certificate in International Wealth and Investment Management.

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