BVZL Structure

Executive Board

Christian Seidl - Executive Board International

Christian Seidl - Executive Board International

Diplom Kaufmann

Christian Seidl (born in 1966) holds a diploma in business administration from the University of Regensburg, Germany. He is a specialist and a proven and well-reputed expert in connection with the structuring, implementation and management of investment opportunities related to US life settlements and in the management of longevity risks. Christian looks at many years of experience and a successful career within the areas of fund conception and asset management and provides comprehensive expertise and an extensive, international network in the secondary and tertiary markets for US life insurance policies. Christian is the founder and managing partner of Seidl Consult GmbH, which offers to its clients – interested investors or US life settlement providers – consulting and advisory services as well as business development support in connection with US life settlement investment opportunities. Prior to starting his own company, Christian worked thirteen years with the Life Bond Group, the pioneer and market opener in Germany for US life settlement investments. As a managing director of Life Bond Management GmbH, a BaFin-supervised “Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft” (German domestic management company), Christian was responsible for product design and fund conception, asset management and the ongoing administration of US life settlement funds with an initial portfolio of approximately US$ 900m in face value. Prior to joining Life Bond in 2004, Christian was working in various management positions with the Schoerghuber-Group, a Munich based group of companies with business activities in construction & real estate, breweries and hotels. Christian started his professional career in 1996 as assistant auditor at Price Waterhouse GmbH, now PricewaterhouseCoopers AG. Due to his extensive experience in the US life settlement industry Christian has been a valuable asset to the BVZL and has contributed greatly to its success. In 2011, he was appointed as member of the executive board and head of the US section. He is a frequent attendee and speaker at panel discussions and expert symposia on investment opportunities in the asset class of US life settlements.  


Ingo Wichelhaus - Executive Board National

Ingo Wichelhaus - Executive Board National

Diplom Ökonom

Ingo Wichelhaus is an Executive Director at Mount Street Portfolio Advisers GmbH. His main focus lies on portfolio management of Asset Backed Loans including US Life Settlements and German Traded Endowment Policies. In his former role at WestLB AG, he was responsible for the set up and management of WestLB’s German Secondary Life Insurance Business. Before that, he spent 5 years working at Citibank AG. Ingo Wichelhaus has been on the board of BVZL International since 2010 and has been head of the German section since 2007.

Ingo Wichelhaus holds a diploma in economics from the Univerity of Wuppertal. He is a well known and well connected market expert in the German Secondary Life Markets and profits from his longstanding experience in the Banking and (Re)Insurance industry.



Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Jochen Russ

Prof. Dr. Jochen Russ


Prof. Dr. Jochen Russ is managing director of the Institut fuer Finanz- und Aktuarwissenschaften (Institute for Financial and Actuarial Science). Developing innovative life insurance products, notably guarantee products, and actuarial aspects in the field of life insurance and the secondary market for life insurance policies constitute a key aspect of his advisory work. 

Prof. Russ is the author of more than 70 professional articles. He received eight awards for his research in Australia (1997 and 2000), Singapore (1998) and Germany (1999, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2009).

In addition, Dr. Russ is apl. Prof. of Actuarial Science at Ulm University, lecturer at the Munich Ludwig-Maximilians-University in the Executive Master of Insurance programme, and Advisory Board member of the Bundesverband Vermoegensanlagen im Zweitmarkt Lebensversicherungen. From 2004 until 2006 he was lecturer at the European Business School, from 2004 until 2007 member of the Board of Governors at Asia Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA) and from 2008 until 2011 lecturer at the Munich Ludwig-Maximilians-University in the Executive Master of Insurance programme. Since 2005, he has been associate editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance. He acts as referee for several scientific journals and is a member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Versicherungs- und Finanzmathematik (DGVFM) (German Society for Actuarial and Financial Mathematics), the American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA) and the Asia Pacific Risk and Insurance Association as well as associated member of the Munich Risk and Insurance Center.

Dr. Robert Wenninger

Dr. Robert Wenninger

Steuerberater, Rechtsanwalt


Professional Career

  • Born in 1971
  • Studies in law at University of Augsburg
  • Graduation 2002 as Dr. jur. at University of Regensburg (Prof. Dr. Reimann)
  • appointed as lawyer 1998
  • appointed as tax consultant 2003


  • German
  • English


  • tax consultancy and  expertise
  • succession strategie

Member’s Meeting

Twice annually, the BVZL invites its members to meet and exchange information about the latest developments and trends and any changes in the regulatory, tax and legal environment on the various life insurance secondary and tertiary markets. Also, the members discuss and decide about new initiatives and projects of BVZL, about promotion and marketing activities and specific press- and media campaigns and they determine the use of the available BVZL funds.

BVZL Sections

Contact persons of the different BVZL sections:


German Section
Ingo Wichelhaus

US Section
Anna Bailey, Chestnut Capital Management LLC –
Adam Meltzer, Vida Capital Inc. –

Communications and Politics Section
Inga Oldewurtel   

Legal Issues and Taxes Section
Dr. Robert Wenninger 
WTW Weidinger Thiele Wenninger