Robeco appoints Head of Fixed Income Asia and strengthens its base in Singapore

Rotterdam, 25 January 2022 - Robeco is pleased to announce the appointment of Thu Ha Chow to the newly created role of Head of Fixed Income Asia. Ms. Chow is based in the Singapore office, where additional new hires in the fixed income and sustainability domains will expand the local team to eight investment professionals, comprising a lead portfolio manager, two credit analysts, a sovereign analyst, three sustainable investing specialists and a client portfolio manager. With this, Singapore is further established as the hub for Robeco’s Asian fixed income investing with a strong focus on sustainability.

Prior to joining Robeco in 2022, Ms. Chow was Portfolio Manager and Asia Strategist at Loomis Sayles & Co and Head of Asian Credit at Aberdeen Asset Management, both in Singapore. Previously, she worked for 15 years in London where she held senior fixed income positions at Deutsche Asset Management and Threadneedle Asset Management, in addition to three years in investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston. She started her career in 1996 after obtaining a Master’s in Economics and Philosophy from the London School of Economics.

In addition to her role as Head of Fixed Income Asia, Ms. Chow is also Portfolio Manager in the Credit team with a focus on Asian credits. She will be reporting to the credit team in Rotterdam. Frank Reynaerts and Tiansi Wang, two very senior investment professionals with longstanding careers at Robeco, will continue in their roles as senior credit analysts. Laura Bosch Ferreté will be relocating to Singapore from Rotterdam to fill one of the sustainable investing specialist positions. David Hawa will also move from the Rotterdam office to join as fixed income client portfolio manager for Asia Pacific. The Singapore-based investment professionals will be functionally integrated in the Rotterdam-based teams and will work closely with the other specialists in Rotterdam. Both Laura Bosch Ferreté and David Hawa’s relocation are subject to regulatory approval.

Erik van Leeuwen, Robeco’s Chief Operations Investments: “The team expansion solidifies Robeco’s presence in Singapore, thereby proving our firm commitment to Asian and emerging market fixed income. The team composition also reflects our conviction that Robeco’s sustainable investing expertise is a key differentiator in our ability to serve our clients well.”

Nayan Patel, CEO of Robeco Singapore: “We’re delighted to have someone of Thu Ha Chow’s caliber heading our Asian fixed income activities. She has many years’ experience in Asian and emerging market credit strategies, and has a deep passion for sustainability. With her team, she will oversee Robeco’s sustainable Asian fixed income capability, including our first dedicated Asian fixed income strategy, which is due for launch in the first half of this year,” says Nayan Patel, CEO of Robeco Singapore.

Thu Ha Chow, Head of Fixed Income Asia, “I’m excited to join the Robeco team with their long experience and deep knowledge in sustainable investing. I look forward to working closely with both teams in Singapore and Rotterdam, exploring new investment opportunities in the Asian fixed income space with a focus on sustainability for our investors.”

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