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Robeco Group outlines Japan expansion plans

Netherlands-headquartered Robeco Group has unveiled its strategy to set up full-scale operations and expand its asset management business in Japan.

Robeco Japan said it aims to have over €5bn ($6.45bn) in assets under management in the next five years and has plans to offer active investment strategies. 

Since opening its first Asian office in Tokyo in 2005, Robeco has acted as an investment adviser and agent providing asset management strategies for Japanese institutional investors.

The firm is now targeting new business opportunities and expansion of its client servicing activities in Japan. 


The active investment strategies will include equities and bonds, emerging market equities and emerging debt and fixed income and high yield.

These funds will adopt environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their equity and bond analyses, the firm said. 

Robeco will target customer segments such as corporate and public pension funds, life insurance firms, asset managers, brokers, banks, and other institutions that manage and distribute investment trust funds.

Robeco’s strategy 2014-2018 focuses on accelerating growth and Japan is an important element in this, said Roderick Munsters, chief executive Robeco.

“We are confident that this new strategy and the support of our majority shareholder ORIX will enable us to realise substantial growth in Japan in the coming years,” Munsters said. Tokyo-based Orix Corporation bought a 90% stake in Robeco from Rabobank in July 2013. 

In its 2014-2018 strategy paper detailed in March, Robeco said it aims to expand into Asian fixed income, while continuing with its current focus on Asia Pacific equities. 

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