Rabobank weighs bids for asset manager Robeco -sources

By Simon Meads and Jessica Toonkel

LONDON/NEW YORK, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Dutch bank Rabobank

is weighing three offers for its asset management armRobeco as it has to choose between bids to split the 2 billioneuro ($2.6 billion) plus business or keep it whole, peoplefamiliar with the situation said.

The Netherlands' largest retail bank received bids from aprivate equity consortium of Advent International and CVC, and a second from Japanese financial services groupOrix for the whole of the asset management unit thatspans Europe and United States.

It received a third bid from Boston-based asset manager AMGInc , which in partnership with Permira plansto split the business up, the people said.

(Additional reporting by Sara Webb in Amsterdam; editing byDouwe Miedema)

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