Evolution Financial Group and our affiliate companies span a wide range of financial services and activities. The firm was originally founded in 2002 as a high-performance alternative investment firm and has subsequently developed into a diverse set of business lines dedicated to the goal of delivering superior risk-adjusted returns for our partners and our firm’s long-term growth. Evolution invests heavily in technology, operations, and professional training underpinning these business units. This ongoing commitment to innovation and development has been key to our management’s successful performance through volatile markets and varied economic environments.
Family Office Investment Activities: Since inception in 2002, Evolution’s investment teams have achieved significant risk-adjusted returns by focusing on market niches and strategies where we enjoy a competitive edge based upon the experience and knowledge of portfolio managers, deep-rooted relationships, state-of-the-art execution capabilities, and structuring expertise. Our managers invest the firm’s principal and key employee assets within a risk management framework that subjects portfolios to rigorous discipline and oversight throughout the investment cycle. Evolution’s proprietary systems produce real-time risk and profit attribution, allowing managers to dynamically adjust positions and strategies to take advantage of opportunities and to protect capital in volatile markets.
Debt and Equity Financing Solutions: Through Evolution Japan Securities, a Japan-based licensed broker-dealer, we provide debt, equity, and hybrid financings to Japanese and Asian corporations. Our specialized team creates innovative credit solutions and has provided liquidity to corporate partners through convertible bonds, block equity, and other structured financial transactions.
Investment Banking: Evolution Japan Securities also provides boutique investment banking services, focused on delivering tailor-made solutions to our clients in areas where we have assembled best-in-class teams of market professionals. Our equity solutions team provides companies and major shareholders with a variety of potential financing structures including equity offerings, debt issuance, and derivative transactions. Our structured solution teams focuses on international asset securitization and corporate repackaging and restructuring.
External Fund Management: Through our United States-based SEC-registered investment advisor, Evolution Capital Management LLC, Evolution manages private investment funds that include among their investors some of the largest alternative asset managers in the world. These funds invest in U.S. consumer and small business debt securities facilitated by proven marketplace lending platforms. Since their inception in September 2012, these funds have sought to earn attractive risk-adjusted returns through our proprietary credit model and unique investment technology.
Retail Products: In 2013, we acquired Ace Koeki, one of Japan’s leading commodities brokers and futures trading firms, enabling us to originate and distribute innovative new products and services. Now branded as Evolution Japan, the commodities brokerage firm continues to specialize in agricultural goods, precious metals, and petroleum-related products.
Private Equity and Venture Capital: Evolution Financial Group engages in many private equity and venture capital activities, from unique start-up opportunities to accessing equity positions in some of the most advanced companies in the pre-IPO space. Evolution Strategic Ventures, our venture and advisory arm, provides capital and strategic guidance to early stage companies. Evolution provides our portfolio companies with value-added strategic advantages to advise and accelerate their early- and mid-stage growth. Through our global network, our team leads investments in large primary and secondary equity positions, and offers unique co-investment opportunities to our strategic partners.
Infrastructure Solutions: Evo Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. (EIS) provides comprehensive middle office, back office, and infrastructure support for global members and affiliates of the Evolution Financial Group. EIS works to help maximize efficiency across our business lines and to ensure its clients can focus on investment management and front office activities.