Derivative Logic is an independent hedge advisory firm combining financial derivative market expertise with proven hedge structuring and execution capabilities in interest rate and currency derivatives and Defeasance Services.
Our company provides a full range of independent, unbiased hedge advisory services to corporations, real estate, tax-exempt, Native American, not-for-profit and municipal borrowers. Derivative Logic excels in consistently realizing the highest cost savings and best hedging terms for our clients regardless of financing complexity.
The firm prides itself on its independence, having no affiliations with any other firm providing legal, accounting, underwriting, investment advice or derivative products.
Derivative Logic’s commitment to tracking and analyzing the sectors we serve enables us to better serve our clients in rapidly changing capital markets. As an independent firm, we can objectively advise our clients, as is our central mission. Advising that a hedging transaction is illogical is as important as advising one that succeeds on logic.
Derivative Logic, Inc. is SEC, MSRB and NFA registered as an advisory firm that helps borrowers of all kinds manage market risks. We serve as an Independent Municipal Advisor (“IRMA”) for nonprofits, municipalities and Obligated Persons as mandated by Dodd-Frank regulation. We also act as Designated Evaluation Agent (“DEA”) for non-Special Entities or a Qualified Independent Representative (“QIR”) for Special Entities.
With over 50 years of experience, trading interest rate and currency derivatives at the world’s largest banks, the principals at Derivative Logic have executed hundreds of hedging transactions in excess of $500 billion.
Managing Director, Founder
Jim Griffin is a Managing Director of Derivative Logic. Jim has over twenty years experience trading interest rate, currency, and commodity derivatives at major banks, including UBS, Wells Fargo, Wachovia, and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Jim has built and managed trading teams that provided bespoke hedging and payment solutions for clients in the energy, manufacturing, technology, commercial real estate, and entertainment industries.
Jim holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California, and a BSBA in Finance & International Economics from the University of Arizona.
Managing Director, Founder
Rex Evans is a Managing Director of the Walnut Creek, California office of Derivative Logic. Prior to joining the firm, he served for eight years as the co-founder and partner of Cardea Partners West, a debt and derivative advisory firm. Prior to founding Cardea Partners, Mr. Evans spent seventeen years at Bank of America in their capital markets group advising corporate and private clients in both interest rate and foreign exchange hedging. During his tenure at the bank, he managed the Latin American foreign exchange trading desk and was a currency trader taking proprietary positions for the bank. Before beginning his career in banking, Mr. Evans worked for West Coast Continental Securities providing investment solutions for middle market corporate pension plans.
Mr. Evans has a BS in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Chris Hunt is the Managing Director of our Cleveland office. His roles include modeling interest rate hedging alternatives for clients, pricing and execution of trades, documentation review and ASC valuation, and acting as execution liaison for derivative counterparties on behalf of our east coast clients.
A Northeast Ohio native and graduate of Cornell University, Chris also holds Masters degrees in financial engineering, business administration, and golf architecture. Prior to joining Derivative Logic, Chris owned his own derivatives advisory firm, Cardea Partners. Prior to Cardea, he spent several years in interest rate and energy derivatives structuring and sales roles at KeyBank, focusing on the middle market, real estate, and not-for-profit clients using both taxable and tax-exempt structures. Before entering the world of finance, Chris helped design and build golf courses around the world. Chris’s professional affiliations include the Urban Land Institute and the Association for Corporate Growth, and he is a board member of the Outpost Foundation, Food Conscious Cleveland, and the Cornell Club of Northeast Ohio.
Managing Director, Interest Rate Strategies
Rob Podorefsky has over 30 years of experience in the financial market sector. He is skilled in Capital Markets, Fixed Income, Financial Derivatives, Foreign Exchange, Macro Economics, Monetary Policy, and Financial Structuring. Rob served as the chief interest rate strategist for GE Capital and Bank of America from 1998 to 2016. Previously, he held senior positions with UBS, and JPMorgan Chase.
Rob has been on the faculty of Brandeis University’s International Business School since 2008 teaching graduate courses in Fixed Income, Advanced Corporate Finance, and Applied Risk Management.
Rob holds an MBA in International Finance from New York University and a BS in Accounting from New York University.
Kevin Morse is the Managing Director of Derivative Logic, Inc.’s Denver, Colorado office. His 21 years of derivatives experience at Wells Fargo and KeyBank, included trading and managing the bank’s internal derivative portfolios, pricing and hedging the customer derivative positions, as well as over 15 years of advising, structuring, and providing customized hedging solutions to the bank’s commercial banking clients. Kevin’s commercial clients span every line of business in commercial banks, including commercial real estate, large corporate, public finance, and commercial banking.
Prior to joining Derivative Logic, Kevin helped launch Lever Real Estate Capital, a national C-PACE capital provider, focused on financing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and resiliency upgrades in commercial buildings. His non-profit work includes being Chapter Director of E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) and a Board member of Energy Smart Colorado.
Kevin earned his MBA at the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University, and his B.A. at DePauw University.
Rebecca is an entrepreneur, foreign exchange, interest rate and international financial markets expert. She is relationship focused and dedicated to providing clients and partners with strategic and tactical solutions that mitigate business risks and optimize revenue growth, efficiency and profitability. Prior to joining the firm, Rebecca co-founded two consulting firms focused on clients in the financial (venture capital and private equity firms, mutual funds, banks), technology, entertainment, media, gaming, and biotech industries. Before that, she established and managed the Global Capital Markets department at Square 1 Bank, growing it into a highly profitable business including revenue streams from foreign exchange, letters of credit, trade finance and international banking services. Prior to Square 1, Rebecca spent five years on Comerica Bank’s foreign exchange corporate trading desk, managing a portfolio of venture capital, private equity and mid-market clients.
Rebecca holds a BA from UCLA and an MBA in Finance and Entertainment from the University of Southern California.
Director of Defeasance Services
Steve Morus leads our Defeasance Services team. He has a deep background in the systems and processes to control risk in alignment with a client’s interest risk appetite. As Derivative Logic grows, he also spearheads upgrades to our enterprise-wide risk management and risk governance framework, procedures and automated systems.
Steve has a sharp eye for identifying opportunities that deliver value to clients. He balances data, logic and intuition to create sound risk/reward decisions, and proposes practical solutions to translate strategy into execution.
Steve graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with Honors in Economics. He was a Research Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, leading to a Graduate School Fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in Economics. Before joining Derivative Logic, Steve was a long time Risk Management manager for MUFG Union Bank, N.A., serving as a founding member of their Executive Market Risk Committee.
Board of Advisors
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Director – Starting March 2013
Brightstar Capital Partners
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President & CEO
Developing tribal, private-public sector partnerships to strengthen Indian-reservation economies.
Co-Chair, Board of Directors
2017 Phoenix Final Four Local Organizing Committee
March 2016 – Present (5 months)
The Phoenix Local Organizing Committee is an non-profit organization that is hosting the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four.
Board of Directors, 2016 Arizona Organizing Committee
College Football Playoff
January 2015 – January 2016 (1 year, 1 month)
Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee
2012 – March 2015 (3 years)
Board Member, Native American National Advisory Committee
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
2000 – Present (16 years)
Michael J. Olsen
CFO, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary
Mike serves as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary for Globe Corporation and its subsidiaries. A long-time Scottsdale, Arizona resident, Mike obtained both his B.S. in finance and an M.B.A. from Arizona State University. Mike spent 16 years with Bank of America, where his career involved financial analysis, commercial real estate finance, corporate banking, investment management and trust administration for the bank’s high-net-worth clients. Prior to joining Globe, he was the Chief Financial Officer for a high-tech manufacturing company in Scottsdale and has worked in the insurance industry managing portfolio investments, and carries the CFP designation. He is the past board chair of Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona, which, under his chairmanship, formed Girl’s Leadership Academy of Arizona, the only public all-girls high school in Arizona. Mike is active with Arizona State University as a member of the Dean’s Council of 100, a board member of the W.P. Carey School’s Investment Management Fund, and actively assists in activities related to the Sun Angel Foundation.
President & CEO
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