History

Set up in the late 1980s and listed on AIM in 1996, Numis has continued to grow steadily and securely. Numis is now one of the UK's most successful independent institutional stockbrokers and corporate advisors.

2016 After over 25 years as Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Hemsley, the founder of Numis, stepped down from the CEO position but remains on the Board as a full time executive director. Alex Ham and Ross Mitchinson were appointed Co-CEOs in September 2016 and continue to drive the business from strength to strength.
2014 Voted the top ranked UK Mid & Small Cap Broker by both institutions and companies for the second year in a row in the Thomson Reuters Extel survey 2014.
2013 Total number of corporate clients rises to over 150 for the first time with the number of FTSE 250 corporate clients exceeding 30. In addition the firm raises over £2bn of funds for its clients
2010 Commencement of trading in bonds via the new LSE order book facility
2008 Development of a new area of business through the recruitment of experienced staff to provide Research, Execution and Corporate Finance and Corporate Broking services in respect of Investment Companies (research on investment companies is labelled a "marketing communication").
2007 Firm moves to current offices: 5th floor, The London Stock Exchange Building, Paternoster Square, London
2004 Group establishes a wholly-owned subsidiary, NSI, based in New York. NSI is licensed by NASD (now FINRA) as a registered broker-dealer in the USA
NSI acts as agency broker (not a marker maker or principal dealer) and takes buying or selling orders from US institutions
2000 Private client stockbroking business sold to three other securities firms
Right to use the Raphael and Zorn names assigned to one of the successor companies
Remaining group companies re-named "Numis".
Firm grows through recruitment
1998 Recruitment of team experienced in institutional sales and market making
Firm becomes market maker, specialising in companies involved in the Lloyd's market
Components now in place, on a small scale, of an institutional broking company: research, sales, market making and investment banking
1996 Group listed on AIM
Recruitment of new staff to corporate finance department
Further recruitment of institutional sales force and analysts to provide dealing services and research in the secondary market
1993 onwards Development of corporate finance business, especially after Lloyd's of London market opened to corporate capital. The Firm becomes a leading corporate finance adviser to this sub-sector and is instrumental in obtaining listings for several Lloyd's vehicles, raising capital for such companies by way of new equity, and advising on mergers
1989 Formation of Hemsley & Co Securities and merger with Raphael Zorn to form RZH Ltd.