Blair Sergeant is the founder and managing director for Evolution Capital Partners, a boutique corporate advisory company based out of Perth, Australia.
Sergeant got his start in corporate advisory, as a partner with Anthony Ho and Associates. Located in Perth, Australia, Blair’s firm specialized in working with companies seeking to raise capital and become listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. During his tenure with Anthony Ho and Associates, Sergeant and his team also provided director and company secretarial services in Australia for companies listed on the stock exchanges of Amsterdam, Singapore, Toronto and London.
Following his time as a partner at Anthony Ho and Associates, Blair Sergeant was appointed Managing Director of ASX listed Optima Corporation Ltd, in February 2004, where Mr Sergeant was responsible for the USA launch and establishment of well known Western Australian surf apparel and accessory brands, West Surfing and Creatures of Leisure. Then in 2006, Blair negotiated and lead Optima’s acquisition of what was Australia’s fastest growing scooter and motorcycle brand, Vmoto. Mr Sergeant was instrumental in launching the Vmoto brand on a global scale and initiating the construction of state of the art production facilities in Nanjing, China.
In January 2008, Blair, relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa to serve as the Financial Director for Coal of Africa Limited, an emerging developer and producer of high-quality thermal and coking coal. Under Blair’s leadership, Coal of Africa experienced a market capitalization growth from $2 million to $1.5 billion at its peak. In addition, Sergeant oversaw and executed over $250m in mine construction, the acquisition of over $200 million in assets, equity raisings in excess of $400m and negotiated 2 debt facilities totalling over $70m.
Following his time spent with Coal of Africa, Sergeant became the Founding Managing Director for Lemur Resources Limited, a Madagascan focused coal exploration company. With his leadership, Blair helped Lemur with their $25m IPO in 2011. During his tenure with Lemur, Sergeant made multiple large contributions to the company, including the completion of a scoping study for the development of an open pit and underground coal mining operation, consisting of both domestic and export sales, together with a scoping study for an independent coal fired power station.
Today, Blair Sergeant provides his expertise and consulting services to medium and small clients in the energy and mineral industries. As a boutique corporate advisory, Evolution Capital Partners also works with a dozen Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed clients and acts as company secretary and or non-executive director to many of those clients. With his extensive knowledge and experience with mergers and acquisitions, IPO processes, and the broad legal challenges associated with the minerals and energy industry, Sergeant plays an important role in leading companies from the exploratory stage, all the way through mature production. Sergeant is no stranger to capital and balance sheet management, which provides value when consulting companies around IPO filings and accessing additional equity.
Evolution Capital Partners enjoys the opportunity to consult and positively impact the growth of companies in the energy and mineral industries. The ability to provide operational and financial industry knowledge is what helps set Evolution Capital Partners apart from other consulting companies.