Founded in 1990, Deminor is a leading privately-owned and international litigation funder with offices in Brussels, London, Hamburg, New York, Hong Kong, Milan, and Luxembourg. Deminor’s name, derived from the French ‘défense des minoritaires’, reflects its origins in providing services to minority shareholders. Deminor is still very much defined by the pursuit of good causes and its determination to restore justice for clients.
Combining skillsets from 16 different nationalities and 14 languages, Deminor has funded cases in 18 jurisdictions including the Americas, the Middle East, and offshore centers such as the Cayman Islands and Bermuda. With specialists in arbitration, intellectual property, competition, corporate & post-M&A, investments, enforcement, and tax litigation, Deminor has achieved positive recoveries for clients in more than 81% of the cases it has funded, against an industry average of 70%.
In addition to funding one-to-one commercial claims, Deminor originates, syndicates, and funds group actions. In 2018, Deminor was instrumental in reaching the largest-ever settlement in Europe (EUR 1.3 bn in the Fortis case). Equally, the company does not shy away from being a first-mover in jurisdictions where funding has not been tested. It was the first funder to support collective actions in Italy and reached a landmark settlement in the Olympus securities action in Japan (2017).
Among its clients, Deminor counts the world’s leading public and private pension funds, asset managers, and sovereign wealth funds, in addition to state-owned, private, public, and charitable organizations. Out of the ten biggest investors worldwide, four are recurring clients of Deminor.