History

  • 1990: Deminor is founded by Eric Coppieters and the group Deficom (then Definance), a Belgian listed private equity investor. Launch of the first business in Belgium with regard to listed and privately owned companies.
  • 1991: Pierre Nothomb joins Deminor to become its first full-time managing partner.
  • 1992: Bernard Thuysbaert joins Deminor with a focus on family businesses in Flanders. Deminor started its first operations in France.
  • 1993: Deminor obtains its first major victory on behalf of private and institutional investors in response to the controversial acquisition of the Belgian group Wagon-Lits by the French Accor.
  • 1995: Deminor launches its voting and corporate governance rating activities for a number of European institutional investors.
  • 1997: Deminor launches its first activities in the Netherlands.
  • 2002: Deminor launches its first activities in Italy.
  • 2003: Group Deficom sells its stake in Deminor to the Deminor partners.
  • 2004: Deminor acts for the first time as liaison counsel on behalf of European clients in several US class actions.
  • 2005: Deminor sells its voting and rating activities to the American leader Institutional Shareholder Services, which in the meantime changed its name to RiskMetrics (MSCI Group).
  • 2006: Launch of Deminor Investment Management, which focuses on highly specialized investment management.
  • 2008: Creation of a new business unit called ‘Deminor Recovery Services’ (DRS) which is dedicated to collective claims for investors. DRS has extended the geographic spread of Deminor to Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Spain, England and more recently to Japan and Portugal. For more information on Deminor Recovery Services, please visit their website drs.deminor.com.
  • 2013: Internal restructuring allowing the two separately operating business units to operate as two legal entities. The Deminor Shareholder and Governance activities are continued by a new Belgian company ‘NV Deminor’.
  • 2016: Deminor opens the office in Gent.
  • 2017: Pierre-Alexis Léonard becomes a managing partner and managing director of Deminor S.A.
  • 2018: Set-up of an Advisory Board to assist the directors and shareholders with strategic and other important issues for the future development of the activities.