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History

Robeco has focused on delivering superior results at agreed upon risk levels for 85 years. Since its founding by Rotterdam businessmen in 1929, Robeco has developed investment solutions that really work.

1929 Establishment of the Rotterdamsch Beleggings Consortium and the Robeco fund by prominent Rotterdambusinessmen. The portfolio is diversified globally over the Netherlands, other European countries, North and South America, and Africa.

1940-1945 During WWII, more than half of the portfolio is invested in the US. As a result, Robeco’s assets increase by more than EUR 4.5 million in this period.

1953 Introduction of a share-saving system, allowing people of more modest means to save up for Robeco shares.

1959 New listings abroad: Paris(1959), Brussels(1960), London(1962) and numerous other European financial centers. Listings are also obtained in Hong Kong(1971) and Tokyo(1976).

1965 Foundation of Rolinco, a second investment company, for investors more interested in capital growth than taxable dividend.

1974 Establishment of Rorento, Robeco’s first bond fund, as an answer to the oil crisis in 1973. Rorento quickly joins Robeco and Rolinco among the most-actively-traded stocks on the Amsterdamstock market.

1975 Having taken over its main rivals, the Robeco Group owns more than 80% of the Dutch market for investment funds in the mid 1970s. Robeco is now by far the largest fund provider on the European continent.

1981 Establishment of Robeco’s own savings bank: Roparco, which shocks the traditional banking world. It is the first bank to offer Dutch small and medium-sized savers the possibility to benefit from high interest rate then available: 10%.

1980s Opening of various European offices, including those in France, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

1990 The financial-services sector faces increasing competition, and companies are consolidating to realize benefits of scale. To keep up with these developments, Robeco starts its cooperation with Rabobank.

1990s As a result of a number of large US takeovers, Robeco’s assets grow spectacularly in the second half of the 1990s. By the end of the 20th century, total assets under management amount to more than EUR 100 billion.

1995 Robeco introduces its first sustainable product ‘Groencertificaten’, together with Rabobank.

1997 Rabobank becomes 50% owner of Robeco. Within the Rabobank Group, Robeco is the center of competence in the field of asset management, with its own independent investment policy.

1998 Takeover of Weiss, Peck & Greer, a New York based asset manager focusing on US fixed income, US equity and a full spectrum of alternative investments, with EUR 13 billion in assets under management at the time of acquisition.

1998 Robeco acquires its first sustainable institutional mandate (which is still running).

1999 Introduction of the first sustainable investment fund in the Netherlands launched by a large asset manager.

2000 Founding of Robeco Alternative Investments, Robeco’s alternative-investments platform in Europe.

2000 Opening of an office in Bahrain, the Middle East.

2001 Robeco becomes a full subsidiary of Rabobank.

2001 Purchase of Harbor Capital Advisors, based in Chicago. HCA selects the most suitable external manager to manage each portfolio. At the time of the takeover, HCA had EUR 16.9 billion in assets under management.

2002 Acquisition of Sage Capital Management, a fund-of-hedge-funds manager with a track record going back to 1994, based in New York.

2002 Acquisition of a 60% interest in Boston Partners Asset Management, a Boston-based value-equity manager. The remaining shares were acquired in 2003.

2002 Acquisition of a 49% interest in Transtrend, a research-driven and system-based managed-futures trader in Rotterdam, with track record going back to 1992. The remaining shares were acquired in 2007.

2002 Opening of an office in Madrid, Spain.

2003 Official introduction of Robeco Investment Management (RIM), uniting Boston Partners, Robeco-Sage and Weiss, Peck & Greer.

2003 Opening of an office in Frankfurt, Germany.

2004 Introduction of Robeco Sustainable Private Equity, the world’s first sustainable private-equity fund of funds, developed in cooperation with Rabobank.

2005 Opening of an office in Tokyo, Japan.

2006 Acquisition of a 40% stake in the Belgian company Analytic Investment Management (AIM). AIM, established in 1990, specializes in systematic intra-day currency trading on the basis of quantitative models.

2006 Introduction of Robeco Clean Tech Private Equity II, an investment program aimed at clean-tech private-equity funds and co-investments, developed in cooperation with Rabobank.

2006 Acquisition of a majority stake in Swiss-based Sustainable Asset Management. SAM Group and Robeco join forces to launch the global number-1 platform for sustainability investments.

2006 Robeco signs the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investment.

2006 Robeco joins the Enhanced Analytics Initiative, a group of international asset owners and asset managers who work together to encourage investment research that considers the impact of extra-financial issues on long-term company performance.

2007 Launch of Canara Robeco Asset Management in India, a joint venture with Canara Bank, one of the largest banks in India, with 30 million clients, including public-sector pension institutions.

2007 Opening of a representative office in Shanghai.

2007 Opening of an office in Hong Kong, serving as Robeco’s regional center for distribution and portfolio management.

2007 For the Belgian market, Robeco decides to focus on third-party distribution; Robeco Bank Belgium is sold to Kaupthing Bank Luxembourg.

2007 Establishment of Corestone Investment Managers AG, a Swiss-based and independently operating asset manager. Corestone manages multi-discipline open-architecture portfolios for institutional investors.

2008 Robeco Investment Management aligns its operations around its core strength of equity investments; RIM’s fixed-income business is sold.

2008 Opening of a sales office in Singapore, which serves as Robeco’s operating base for commercial activities in Singapore and the rest of Southeast Asia..

2009 Opening of a representative office in Seoul, Korea

2009
Opening of a sales office in Taipei City, Taiwan

2010 Robeco integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into its investment processes and introduces an exclusion policy

2011 Robeco is granted a license to set up a PPI institution (Institution for Occupational Retirement Provisions, IORP) 
 
2012 Robeco opens a sales office in Sydney, Australia, and in Miami, USA.

2013 ORIX has bought about 90% of Robeco from Rabobank.

2014 New joint venture (ACP) established for private equity investments in climate-related transactions throughout Asia.

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