The company today known as Omni Bridgeway is the strategic combination of multiple companies that trace their roots to the early days of financing legal risk. The activities of the companies first began in the Netherlands in 1986 with a company forming under the name Omni Bridgeway to focus on trading distressed debt. By 1990, that company had expanded its capabilities to engage in distressed asset recovery and restructuring.
Later that decade, a company formed in Australia under the name IMF Bentham to focus on insolvency funding. As IMF Bentham grew across Australia, Omni Bridgeway expanded to Guernsey and Geneva. In 2011, IMF Bentham made its first international moves, opening an office in the United States and following that up with others in the country, a joint venture in the United Kingdom, expansion into Canada, then Asia and the Middle East.
Omni Bridgeway meanwhile was also growing, having expanded to Singapore in 2015 and then acquiring ROLAND ProzessFinanz, a leading German litigation funder, opening an office in Dubai, and forming a joint venture with IFC (part of the World Bank Group), to assist banks with funding and managing the enforcement of non-performing loans and related disputes in the Middle East and Africa.
By 2019, the companies had become respected leaders, each with decades of complementary experience and impressive track records in their areas of expertise. Recognizing the advantages that could flow from joining forces, they became one global entity in November that year when IMF Bentham acquired Omni Bridgeway. The combined entity is the world’s largest and most experienced dispute funding group and enforcement and recovery specialist.
In recognition of the heritage behind and appropriateness of a name that described the company as everywhere and in every manner a means of connecting with financing and risk management solutions, the company decided to rebrand as one global entity under the name its longest established part had used all along: Omni Bridgeway.