Robeco, the €189bn Dutch asset manager, has confirmed it is considering opening an office in London.

A spokeswoman for the company said Robeco had looked into establishing a possible "foothold" in London as part of a growth strategy for Europe and the US in the coming years.

She added that a London office would be likely to house a sales team for the pure play asset manager, and stressed that Robeco’s head office would remain in Rotterdam.

“Next year, we will move to a new building currently under construction in Rotterdam,” she said.

At present, Robeco has offices in 14 countries worldwide, including France, Spain, Switzerland and Germany.

The company has 1,500 staff, of which approximately 300 are employed overseas. 

The spokeswoman denied rumours that a London office was meant to circumvent the tighter limits on bonuses in the Netherlands.

She added that Robeco aimed to make a final decision on its expansion plans some time next month.

Japanese financial services firm Orix acquired Robeco from Rabobank early last year for €2bn.

Roderick Munsters, a former CIO at the €300bn civil service pension ABP, has led Robeco for the past four years. 

He has previously indicated that he wanted to increase the company's assets under management to €250bn by 2014.