GHJ Advisory Partner Recognized as one of the “Most Influential Private Equity Advisors” by LABJ

Partner Anant Patel was highlighted for this honor for the second year in a row

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 29, 2020) – GHJ (GHJ) Partner Anant Patel was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a “Most Influential Private Equity Advisors” for the second year in a row.

“Anant has always been a strong leader at our firm and has significantly grown our Advisory Practice,” GHJ Managing Partner Tom Barry said. “This recognition from LABJ for a second year in a row is a reflection of Anant’s strong commitment to serving our clients and the immensely talented team he has built.”

Published in the June 29, 2020 issue, the Los Angeles Business Journal profiled an impressive cross-section of LA’s top private equity investors and advisors who fund or work on deals that shape local and U.S. economy in its “Leaders of Influence: 2020 Private Equity Investors and Advisors.” Included in the issue are LA’s most successful private equity and M&A dealmakers, lawyers, accountants, consultants and insurance providers.

As the leader of GHJ’s Advisory and Transaction Advisory Services Practices, Anant is a well-known business advisor in the area and works with numerous private equity firms on deals ranging from $20 million to $350 million and is a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA). Further, he is Global Chair of the Transaction Advisory Services Group for HLB, a global accounting firm network of which GHJ is a member.

“It is an honor to be recognized once again by LABJ,” Patel said. “It is my goal as a practice leader at GHJ, to be seen as a business advisor who develops innovative business solutions and assists my clients in reaching their goals while moving through the different stages of the growth cycle.”

Whether it is collaborating with businesses to increase revenues, improve operations, create a strategic business plan, connect businesses with experts to help raise capital or assist businesses in recruiting new executives, Anant and his team help position clients for future success.

“Our Transaction Advisory Services Practice has been a growing force in the industry, and being able to have a meaningful impact on businesses is a passion of mine,” Patel expanded. “Now more than ever, it is important for companies to have trusted advisors who can help them through times of disruption and help them create stability for long-term growth.”

About Anant Patel, Partner, Head of Advisory and Transaction Advisory Services Practices

With more than 25 years of public accounting experience, Patel is a trailblazer within the accounting industry. He advises in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and provides financial due diligence consulting for clients.

Under his leadership, GHJ’s Advisory Practice and Transaction Advisory Services Practice have launched new services lines and brought on new high-level talent.

“Anant has always been a strong leader in our firm, but he has truly shown his ability to help clients during the current challenging economy,” Barry said. “He works closely with new and current clients, especially in the private equity and M&A area, to help them develop strategies to manage disruptions caused by COVID-19 and provide guidance and innovative ideas.”

Patel is a force to be reckoned with, not only at GHJ, but on an international level. His reach goes far beyond his leadership at the Firm as he is Global Chair of the Transaction Advisory Services Group for HLB, a global accounting firm network ranked as the 12th largest network worldwide. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors and is the Chairman of the Board of Step Up on Second. Due to his impact on the community and accounting industry, Anant was also recognized as a 2018-2020 “Most Influential Minority CPA.”

About GHJ

Founded in 1953, GHJ is a Los Angeles-based accounting firm that specializes in nonprofit, food and beverage, entertainment and media and health and wellness companies. Previous recipient of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Employee Champion For Life Work Harmony Award and named a “Best Places to Work” by the Los Angeles Business Journal eight times since 2008, GHJ is passionate about helping clients and its people #BeMore by focusing on building thriving businesses and creating a better future.

The Firm works as a business advocate for its clients — providing personalized service and building long-term relationships to help position our clients for growth. Through its affiliation with HLB International, a global network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisers, the Firm is able to partner with other top firms across major cities throughout the U.S. and the world. GHJ’ audit, tax and advisory teams leverage the HLB network to better serve its clients and give clients access to member firms in over 158 countries across the globe.

Also ranked as a top-20 largest accounting firm on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Book of Lists, the firm has 14 partners and more than 160 staff members that serve over 3,000 clients. The firm is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center (GAQC), the California Society of CPAs and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofit).