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Robeco’s contingency measures in response to the coronavirus - 25 March

Robeco’s contingency measures in response to the coronavirus - 25 March

Insight
As we near the end of March, our thoughts are with those who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus. We stand in solidarity with our clients, our employees and our business partners, and remain focused on doing all we can to continue supporting our stakeholders positively and constructively.
  • Gilbert Van Hassel
    Gilbert
    Van Hassel
    Chief Executive Officer, Robeco

Our operational measures for business continuity

We are constantly monitoring the latest developments and have taken all measures necessary to manage the situation and to ensure business continuity. As I indicated in my previous letter to you, our operational measures and capabilities are such that Robeco remains fully functional in managing client portfolios and serving clients. Our systems and platforms are designed to enable our staff, most of whom are working from home, to operate as normal.

Our approach is one of vigilance and flexibility, allowing us to implement new or revised measures smoothly and as necessary to ensure the health and safety of our staff while maintaining business continuity.

Committed to financial stewardship

While the reaction from financial markets has been significant, our portfolio managers have lived and worked through decades of market cycles and shifts, and have the necessary experience and insight to sail these stormy seas. As we entered this sell-off with our portfolios conservatively positioned in terms of liquidity, and were able to sell some positions where needed, our net cash position has remained at acceptable levels. It is also good to know that we have strong backing from our shareholder, ORIX Europe, who continues to support the measures we are taking to navigate through the current crisis. Our business is in good shape and we have a solid foundation with a strong capital and liquidity base. Above all, we remain committed to the safe stewardship of your assets.

In all this, and as part of our duty of care to you, we strive to maintain clear communication and regular contact with you. We have increased our digital communication in order to deliver regular updates, and to maintain virtual contact through calls and video conferencing via Skype and other communication platforms. Our commentaries, podcasts, video and fund updates are published on our dedicated web page: https://www.robeco.com/en/coronavirus/.

We are here to serve and support you. Please feel free to reach out to us, through your regular Robeco contact. Despite the many difficulties you may be facing in this time, know that this too shall pass.

Stay well!
Gilbert Van Hassel

This is an contingency update from 25 March 2020

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A person or entity is a “wholesale client” if they satisfy the requirements of section 761G of the Corporations Act.
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  • who holds an Australian Financial Services License
  • who has or controls at least $10 million (and may include funds held by an associate or under a trust that the person manages)
  • that is a body regulated by APRA other than a trustee of:
    (i) a superannuation fund;
    (ii) an approved deposit fund;
    (iii) a pooled superannuation trust; or
    (iv) a public sector superannuation scheme.
    within the meaning of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
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  • that is a trustee of:
    (i) a superannuation fund; or
    (ii) an approved deposit fund; or
    (iii) a pooled superannuation trust; or
    (iv) a public sector superannuation scheme
    within the meaning of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 and the fund, trust or scheme has net assets of at least $10 million.
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  • that is an exempt public authority
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    (ii) for those purposes, invests funds received (directly or indirectly) following an offer or invitation to the public, within the meaning of section 82 of the Corporations Act 2001, the terms of which provided for the funds subscribed to be invested for those purposes.
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