Our history

Our history
We started out from humble beginnings in the UK seaside town of Brighton, and within two years had opened in London and New York on the back of our work for leading global energy firms. We have grown organically over the past decade, into all the major continents and at the end of 2015 we combined with Proco Group, a business we have known for many years with a complementary business and culture. As part of Proco Group, we now operate in 10 cities globally.

Founded in 2008

Chris Powell launched Commodity Search Partners in a small office in Brighton, with a plan to offer energy and commodities businesses an alternative to the multinational recruitment firms.

2009 First employee joins

In January 2009, we hired Eddie Le Roux as our first recruit, to lead the development of our finance practice. Eddie is still with the business today, and is a successful director running our market-leading finance team.

2010 Bring on the Big Apple

In April 2010, we opened our first overseas office when we established a New York office in midtown Manhattan. That move gave us a huge opportunity to expand our business into North America, and proved a critical milestone in our global expansion.

2011 A key mandate

In 2011, we were delighted to be retained by a major European energy firm to work on the re-build of its gas and power business, across trading, origination, analytics and support functions. Our successful delivery of that mandate put us firmly on the commodities map.

2012 Opening AsiaPac

In July 2012, our second international office launched in Singapore, opening the firm’s gateway in to Asia Pacific. Driven by demand from our European clients to support their growth in that region, it has grown into a really successful office, working across numerous countries, functions and markets.

2015 Merger with Proco

In November 2015, we combined Commodity Search Partners with Proco Group, a business we had worked closely with for many years, with a complementary culture and approach.

2017 Proco Commodities is born

In September 2017, we rebranded as Proco Commodities, a year after opening our fifth office in Los Angeles. Our diverse team of commodities experts continues to grow, offering clients access to extensive networks and unparalleled knowhow around the world.


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