Until 2009, the bank was known as Fortis MeesPierson. The name derives from the November 1992 merger of merchant banks Mees & Hope (from 1720) and Pierson, Heldring & Pierson (from 1875). In 1997, Fortis bank acquired MeesPierson from ABN AMRO and, in 2005, changed its name to Fortis MeesPierson. The initial plan was to incorporate the name into Fortis Private Banking but this plan was never realised because of the strong brand MeesPierson. According to some sources the board of directors decided not to change the name under pressure of the wealthy clients. As a result of the nationalization of Fortis Bank Nederland in October 2008, Fortis MeesPierson once again changed its name to MeesPierson in 2009.