Founded in 1995 by Pierre-Henri Leroy, Proxinvest is a French independent proxy firm supporting the engagement and proxy analysis processes of investors.
Proxinvest mission is to analyse corporate governance practices and resolutions proposed at general meetings of listed firms.
Proxinvest has been a pioneer and champion of good corporate governance in France and has grown into a recognised expert in the field.
To provide its clients with the European coverage and local expertise required for engagement and proxy voting activities, Proxinvest founded Expert Corporate Governance Service (ECGS Ltd) with several country experts of shareholder general meetings. ECGS partners define and share common corporate governance principles adjusted for each country particularities. Every ECGS partner is independent, engaged, specialist of its home market and brings its local expertise and monitoring to the other partners and to clients. By doing so, Proxinvest and ECGS provide global investors with a unique service avoiding the standard global box-ticking approach while covering more than 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization across the European developed markets equity universe .
Proxinvest is independently-owned and only works for investors : Proxinvest does not provide consulting services to the companies it covers, mitigating related risks to its clients and ensuring the independence of our analysis. As a result Proxinvest is able to take a robust, independent, engaged and unconflicted view of the companies in which our clients invest.
Proxinvest is also a founding member of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), an organisation founded in 1995 that represents investors, companies, financial intermediaries, academics and others interested in the development of corporate governance practices worldwide.