Conservative asset management
for private individuals and foundations

Laaken Asset Management N.V.

Laaken represents conservative, transparent and high quality asset management. The goal of the company is to thoroughly manage the capital of private individuals, family offices, endowments and charities. Partners at Laaken possess many years of experience in the financial sector and have accomplished good investment returns, as visible in the charts below. Client capital is invested globally based on economic fundamentals with a strong emphasis on liquidity and daily tradability.

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“Money will not manage itself”

Walter Bagehot 1827 - 1877

Excellent trackrecord

Laaken attained above average returns for its clients. Partially due to successfully avoiding excessive losses in the portfolios and a strong emphasis on liquidity.


A truly independent asset manager with a worldwide network via partners and employees in Amsterdam, the United States and Singapore.

Active asset allocation

When deemed necessary, more liquidity and fixed income is retained. In more favourable times a larger part of the portfolio is invested in real assets.

No accumulation of costs

Laaken has minimal investments in products and funds. By investing in self-selected, solid stocks and bonds, risk and cost efficient portfolios are constructed and constantly monitored.

Our services

Asset management

The core activity of Laaken Asset Management is managing individual portfolios. The asset management mandate is executed in the client's account at a renowned Dutch and foreign custody bank of choice. This service is offered to clients with investable capital starting from EUR 1.000.000. In an individual mandate client portfolios are invested in line with a model portfolio or can be tailor-made.

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Investment funds

Clients can also choose to participate in one of the Laaken investments funds. By offering participation in funds Laaken can attain more diversified investments for its clients. Furthermore, the funds have a V.A.T. cost advantage. For clients with investable capital starting from EUR 250.000 this can be a cost efficient solution to follow one of the model portfolios.

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Investment Strategy

Important ways to retain the value of capital are: emphasising the importance of liquid and conservatively constructed investment portfolios, keeping cost low and be vigilant for irreparable losses in the portfolio of clients. The investment philosophy of Laaken is that risk and cost efficient portfolios can be realised by investing in individual stocks, bonds and alternative investments with a long term view.

With this view the company aims to add value in all asset classes. In equity, worldwide and solid investments are selected of companies that have a strong balance sheet (low debt), good growth expectations, reliable management and acceptable valuations. The bond allocation in the portfolio also consists of direct individual investments including government, corporate, variable rate and convertible bonds.

In the investment policy the importance of liquidity and daily tradability is emphasized. Portfolios can be set up or made liquid on a daily basis. Selecting direct investments in stocks and bonds avoids unnecessary accumulation of cost.

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Jolmer Gerritse

Jolmer started working in the financial services industry in The Netherlands in 1971. He co-founded SNS Securities in 1981, and Laaken Asset Management in 2005. He has been responsible for the financial well-being of institutional clients, private clients, and foundations. Together with Sem he forms the daily management of Laaken.

Sem Ongering, CFA

Before graduating from his dual master's degree in business economics at the University of Amsterdam and Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Sem was already working at Laaken Asset Management and after an internship at Rabobank Private Equity he started full-time in 2011. Sem is a CFA charter holder and entered the board of Laaken in 2014.

Rijnhard van Tets

Served as member and as adviser of the managing board of ABN AMRO Bank up to 2007. Rijnhard was the non executive chairman of Petrofac Ltd., Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext N.V. until May 2018. He is the chairman of the supervisory board of OBAM. Rijnhard lives in London.

Raoul Witteveen

Graduated from Erasmus University in general and business economics. His working experience includes Thyssen-Bornemisza Group in London, management buy outs such as Bols in Amsterdam and Interpool in New York, and several successful start-ups: Trac Lease, Blueline, Ocean Point Development.

Investment outlook & Investment thesis


While a second Corona wave swept the globe, equity markets reached new all-time highs last quarter. Positive sentiment resulted from the election outcome in the US, the publication of better than anticipated results in COVID 19 vaccine trails and the broad felt hope that this might all lead to some kind of normalization in 2021. Markets were further supported by the EU’s agreement on a EUR 750 bln recovery fund and a second, USD 900 bln sized round of fiscal stimulus in the United States.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) is an American investment firm founded in 1976 by three investors. The founders previously worked at Bear Stearns, structuring leveraged buyouts. Bear Stearns felt that the leveraged buyout program was too slow a way to add value to its business and declined to set up a dedicated buyout fund. This made the three decide to part ways with their employer and continue independently under the name KKR. KKR went on to be the founding father of the so called PE funds. Competitors such as Blackstone (1985), Carlyle (1987) and Apollo (1990) only followed many years later.


Visiting address
Herengracht 286
NL 1018 BX Amsterdam

Postal address
P.O. Box 15942
NL 1001 NK Amsterdam

tel | 020 - 535 33 66
fax | 020 - 535 33 60
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