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SAM Private Equity becomes Emerald Technology Ventures


Zurich, December 13, 2006 -- Effective December 31, 2006 Robeco and SAM Group will create the leading sustainability platform for asset management, and Robeco will become the majority shareholder in SAM. As part of this transaction, the SAM Private Equity team will buy out the entire private equity business and create Emerald Technology Ventures.

The creation of Emerald will ensure the continuity of the private equity team and operations for our portfolio companies and limited partners. The team of 16 professionals in Europe and North America will all transfer to Emerald and continue to manage 26 active portfolio companies from 3 funds and 2 mandates. With the closing of SAM Private Equity II (to be renamed Emerald Technology Ventures II), the team will have total funds under management in excess of €250 mio.

Emerald Technology Ventures Ltd is a Swiss company, and will be domiciled in the same location in Zurich where the Swiss-based team is now. Contact details remain unchanged.

The transfer to Emerald is expected to become effective January 1, 2007. A further announcement will be made upon closing.


About SAM Private Equity
SAM Private Equity is a leading international venture capital firm focusing on emerging technologies in the energy, materials and water sectors. Founded in 2000, SAM Private Equity is a pioneer in the development of this fast growing “Cleantech” investment sector.

SAM Private Equity today is one of the internationally leading venture capital investors in this sector with offices in Zurich and Montreal.

SAM Private Equity manages three venture capital funds and two venture capital mandates of large North American institutional investors. Investors in the SAM funds include large financial institutions and multinational corporations.


SAM Group was founded in 1995 as an independent asset management company for sustainability investments. Today, it is one of the world’s leading institutions in this sector. Its clientele includes banks, insurance companies, pension funds, foundation and private clients.

SAM Group carries out proprietary research to identify companies which lead their peers in terms of corporate sustainability criteria. The integration of these forward-looking criteria into corporate valuation and the investment process provides for the basis of SAM’s alpha generation. It further provides investors with a high degree of consciousness and transparency with respect to their investments.

SAM Group offers investors a broad range of standardized theme products in the area of new energy technologies, water and new material technologies. SAM Group also offers a range of customized mandates (including enhanced, active and unconstrained strategies) to large institutional investors.

SAM Group’s expertise is based on its own independent research and an active worldwide sustainability network. Together with Dow Jones Indexes and STOXX, SAM Group has launched a family of sustainability indexes to track the performance of companies that are industry leaders in terms of sustainability. To this end, SAM Group analyses over 1’000 companies a year.

SAM Group has its headquarters in Zurich (Switzerland), with branches and representative offices in Melbourne (Australia), Milan (Italy), Munich (Germany), Sonoma (California, USA) and Stockholm (Sweden).
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Publisher Contact Information:

SAM Private Equity
+41 44 397 10 70
gina.domanig@sam-group.com

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