Robeco announces today that Jie Lu has been appointed Head of Investments China, effective immediately. Mr. Lu will be based in Shanghai and take over the firm’s overall investment responsibilities in China. He will also continue in his role as General Manager and Legal Representative of Robeco Shanghai WFOE.
Mr. Lu joined Robeco in 2015 as Head of Research China and has more than 13 years of investment experience, working both in Shanghai and Hong Kong. In his new capacity, he reports to Fabiana Fedeli, Global Head of Fundamental Equities, based in Rotterdam.
Liying Du, based in Hong Kong, will become lead portfolio manager for offshore Chinese equities strategies. She has been co-managing the strategies since 2016 and will be joined by Lin Tang, who will relocate to Hong Kong from Shanghai, as co-portfolio manager. The Chinese A-share strategy will continue to be sub-advised by Jie Lu. The team will be supported by five senior equity analysts based in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Rotterdam, and is currently in the process of further expanding. The China-focused fundamental equities strategies will be managed in the same way by the China investment team and the China investment ideas will be applied to all other fundamental equities strategies.
This appointment and the new team structure are the next steps in positioning the firm for future growth in China. The new team structure will reinforce continuity and stability in the investment process.
Fabiana Fedeli, Global Head of Fundamental Equities: “I am delighted to have Jie Lu and his team take on the China investment responsibilities. China is of strategic importance for Robeco. We have a strong and experienced China investment and research team in place – they all have been with the firm for many years and have worked closely together for some time. I am confident that the team will develop the China franchise further under Jie’s leadership.”
Jie Lu: “I am pleased to take on this new role. There is great potential in China, both in terms of investment and business development opportunities. Robeco is a leader in sustainable investing and we have been an early adopter, applying ESG integration to our China investments since 2010. I believe this will continue to help us differentiate ourselves and offer better risk adjusted returns for our investors.”
Robeco has had a presence in Asia Pacific since 2005. We have been growing our footprint in the region since then, with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Tokyo. Our Asia Pacific equities investment team is based in Hong Kong, our Singapore office is an extension of our Rotterdam Fixed Income team, and the Shanghai office provides on-the-ground Chinese A-share research to all Robeco investment teams globally.
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