Robeco announced that it is outsourcing part of its operations and administration activities to J.P. Morgan, which will provide services for fund accounting, operations, custody, depositary, transfer agency and securities lending. Given industry developments and Robeco’s global ambitions, new and ongoing investments would have to be made to keep its operations activities cutting edge.
J.P. Morgan, with its global network, will provide operations activities to Robeco in multiple locations and time zones. This will enable a smarter deployment of Robeco’s global trading support activities. Utilizing J.P. Morgan’s global scale, technology and execution capacity will also increase Robeco’s capacity to adapt to a changing market and facilitate the development of more sophisticated instruments and products.
Gilbert Van Hassel, CEO of Robeco: “Outsourcing is the prevailing trend in the industry. As a consequence of the global playing field and increasing complexity, asset managers need a specialized operations provider with a global presence. Given the impact of this decision on our people, this is not a decision that we have taken lightly and we will implement the outsourcing with the greatest care for the people involved. However, we believe that outsourcing is a necessary step that will help us continue to deliver excellent service to our clients worldwide.”