Company profile

Business & locations

Erste Asset Management (Erste AM) coordinates and is responsible for all asset management activities across Erste Group and has been successfully operating in the market since 1965 (formerly under the name ERSTE-SPARINVEST).

As part of Erste Group, we are among the leading asset managers in the CEE region. We unite the flexibility of a boutique manager with the size of a multinational bank under one roof and are thus able to provide retail investors with a comprehensive range of mutual fund solutions. In addition to institutional share certificates, we also offer professional investors tailormade solutions in individually managed mandates.

With more than 386 employees – some 100 of whom are investment professionals – we manage assets of EUR EUR 58.20bn* at our offices in Austria, Germany, Croatia, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

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Our range of products for institutional investors

Erste AM sees itself as full-range provider for institutional clients across the entire field of investment.

The focus in the German-speaking region is on our successful core competencies of fixed income management, emerging markets, and responsible investments (also referred to as sustainable investments). We also offer our clients individual multi asset management solutions.

The topic of sustainability comes with a long tradition at Erste AM: we launched our first ESG fund in 2001. Since then, we have built a dedicated research team and developed and successfully introduced a wide range of sustainable funds, for which we have received numerous awards. With assets under management of EUR 5.96bn, Erste Asset Management is today one of the most important providers of ethically sustainable investment funds in the German-speaking region.*

Assets under management

EUR 58.20bn

Institutional investors

EUR 38.65bn
(62.91 percentof total investors)

Retail investors

EUR 22.78bn
(37.09 percent of total investors)

Sustainable investments

EUR 5.96bn

*Source: Erste Asset Management, data as of April 2020; assets under management including Erste Immobilien KAG and excluding effects from consolidation.

Our history

No economic future without innovation – recognising and benefiting from trends early has always been a trademark of Erste Asset Management. In 1990, we were among the first asset managers to launch an equity fund for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Since then, our range has grown enormously, and our years of experience in asset management continue to drive the pioneering spirit of Erste Asset Management.


management of eam

From left to right: Wolfgang Traindl, Heinz Bednar (CEO), Winfried Buchbauer, Peter Karl

Areas of responsibility

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  • Institutional Sales
  • Internal Audit (administrative)*

*Internal Audit reports directly to the entire Management Board. It is separate from the other functions and activities of the management company, independent, and not bound by directives.

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  • Risk Management
  • Information Technology
  • Back Office
  • Compliance*

*Compliance reports directly to the entire Management Board. It is separate from the other functions and activities of the management company, independent, and not bound by directives.

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  • Investment    
  • Finance
  • Communications, PR and Digital Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Retail coordination
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  • Product management
  • Retail Sales Austria

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This document is an advertisement. All data is sourced from Erste Asset Management GmbH, unless indicated otherwise. Our languages of communication are German and English.

The prospectus for UCITS (including any amendments) is published in Amtsblatt zur Wiener Zeitung in accordance with the provisions of the InvFG 2011 in the currently amended version. Information for Investors pursuant to § 21 AIFMG is prepared for the alternative investment funds (AIF) administered by Erste Asset Management GmbH, pursuant to the provisions of the AIFMG in connection with the InvFG 2011.

The fund prospectus, Information for Investors pursuant to § 21 AIFMG, and the key investor document/KID can be viewed in their latest versions at the  web site or obtained in their latest versions free of charge from the domicile of the management company and the domicile of the custodian bank. The exact date of the most recent publication of the fund prospectus, the languages in which the key investor document is available, and any additional locations where the documents can be obtained can be viewed on the web site

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