Robeco Group, having digested the acquisitions of Boston Partners Asset Management, Boston; Sage Capital Management, White Plains, N.Y.; and Weiss Peck & Greer, New York, is now looking to grow internally.
According to George Moller, chief executive officer of Rotterdam-based Robeco Group, the company believes its acquisitions make it well placed to gain additional assets in the United States, where it already manages $30 billion, and especially in Europe.
"We want to be a very important pan-European player," Mr. Moller said. "We want to be in all the European countries. We also think it's important to have a large U.S. presence and to have substantial U.S. skills."
He said Robeco Investment Management, the new name for the firm's U.S. arm, has a good range of investment styles: Boston Partners for value management; Weiss Peck & Greer for fixed income and hedge funds; and Sage Capital offering hedge funds of funds.
"Robeco wants to create excellent investment performance by bringing in good people and making sure they are happy," Mr. Moller said.
To that end, while Robeco Investment Management has centralized trading, marketing and other back-office functions in New York, investment professionals are in Boston, New York and Marin County, California.
"You need a diversity of views if you are to be successful in investment, and people need to be sitting in different places to have independence of thought," he said.