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History

Evolution Capital was formed in 2003 by Nigel Cook, an industry expert with 20 years of senior experience in IT, with the specific aim of delivering specialist corporate finance advice for the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector.

  • 2003

    • Nigel Cook establishes Evolution Capital, the first UK M&A boutique to exclusively serve the Telecoms and ICT sectors.
    • Shareholders of Pipemedia and Virtue Broadcasting become our first clients.
    • Team completes our first transaction advising the shareholders of Virtue Broadcasting with disposal to Interoute.
  • 2004

    • Grahame Purvis, former Managing Director of Mercury, C&W main board member and founder of Zipcom/Pipex, joins the team.
    • Establishes partnerships with RBS.
  • 2005

    • Launches MaxEx networking programme for business owners at Child & Co private bank.
    • London office moves to Adam Street WC2.
    • Develops M&A programmes for Adept, Nine, Spiritel & BNS.
    • Advises AdEPT with first acquisition.
  • 2006

    • Advises Spiritel with first acquisition.
    • Develops M&A programme for XLN.
    • First entrepreneurs ‘Grand tour’ to Le Mans.
    • Advises Nine with first acquisition.
  • 2008

    • Alliance Bernstein chooses Evolution Capital as partner and launches wealth management service in the UK.
    • Advises XLN with first acquisition.
  • 2009

    Advises management team of SPC
    with fundraising.

    Re-emergence of Evolution Capital M&A

  • 2010

    • Advises shareholders of Crompton Technology with disposal.
  • 2011

    • Advises Arrow Communications with first acquisition.
  • 2012

    • Evolution Capital UK Ltd is established to offer multi-disciplinary advisory services, specifically to the ICT and TMT sector.
    • Nick Foster joins the team as associate legal advisor.
  • 2013

    • Glen Thomas joins the team as associate
      tax advisor.
    • Duncan Gregory, former partner and head of transaction services at BDO/Moore Stephens, joins the team.
  • 2014

    • Launch of Value Improvement Programme (VIP) for TMT entrepreneurs and team complete first sector strategic review.
    • Develop post-recession "Buy and Build" programme phase 2 for AdEPT Telecom. 
  • 2015

    • London office moves to Dover Street, Mayfair W1.
  • 2016

    • Centrix/AdEPT deal of 2015 nominated ‘Deal of the year’ AIM stock exchange.
    • Advises shareholders of Insite with disposal to 6DG.
    • Advises shareholders of Lanway with disposal to Chess.
  • 2017

    • Evolution Capital Business Intelligence is established to provide sector-specific research and direct company performance benchmarking to clients and associated companies.
    • Team conference in Monza and F1 experience.
  • 2018

    • Southern office moves to Chichester, West Sussex.
    • Advises AdEPT with 24th acquisition of Shift F7.
    • AdEPT share price breaks £4.00 from engagement commencement of >£1.00.
    • Team conference in Singapore and F1 experience.
  • 2019

    • Evolution Capital Advisors is launched to provide sector-specific "sell side" services.
    • Team Conference in the Sarthe, France for the Le Mans 24hours motor race experience.
  • 2020

    • Evolution Capital advises Babble Cloud Limited with the acquisition of Lake Technologies.
    • Evolution Capital advises ACR IT Solutions Ltd with the sale of the business to the BDR Group.
    • Evolution Capital pilots virtual methodologies to maintain and improve client service throughout the pandemic.
  • 2021

    • AdEPT completes acquisition of Datrix - the 14th acquisition advised by Evolution Capital. 

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