GHJ Announces Leadership Succession in Transaction Advisory Services Practice

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 9, 2024) – GHJ, a national advisory and accounting firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Sutton as the new Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) Practice Leader. David will succeed GHJ Partner and Executive Committee Member Anant Patel. Anant will continue to lead the entire Advisory Practice to strengthen GHJ’s relationships in the marketplace and drive the overall growth and development of the Firm’s advisory offerings, including TAS. He will also continue to source and execute M&A transactions.

GHJ’s Transaction Advisory Services Practice represents buyers and sellers throughout the lifecycle of a transaction and acts as a trusted business advisor every step of the way. GHJ’s TAS Practice recently welcomed NY-based Principal Patrick Duyntsee to the Firm as another milestone in its growth trajectory.


David is a seasoned leader with over two decades of experience, including finance, advisory and mergers and acquisitions. He has been with GHJ since 2017 and has played a pivotal role in the Firm’s growth of TAS.

David’s extensive deal experience includes Quality of Earnings, working capital analysis, forecasting and deal structuring for privately held clients as well as private equity and strategic buyers.

“I am excited to take on this role and build on the strong foundation we have established in the Transaction Advisory Services Practice,” David said. “Our team is dedicated to delivering exceptional service and insights to our clients, and I look forward to leading this talented group.”


Anant will continue to lead GHJ’s overall advisory efforts. Under Anant’s leadership, the Advisory Practice has grown significantly, and has introduced two new service lines in recent years: Data Analytics Services and Client Accounting and Advisory Services. Anant will continue to source and execute transactions and strengthen GHJ’s relationships in the marketplace.

“I have had the pleasure of working with David and watching him grow in his career since joining GHJ,” Anant said. “His work in the M&A space is invaluable, and his leadership has really strengthened our team over the years. I am excited to continue working alongside David and our clients as we advance our Transaction Advisory Services Practice.”

Anant has over three decades of public accounting experience, with specialized experience in mergers and acquisitions, financial due diligence and strategic advisory. He will continue to drive the expansion and development of GHJ’s advisory services to ensure clients receive top-tier expertise and support.

About GHJ

GHJ is a national advisory and accounting firm with employees in nearly 30 states and clients around the world. Our team of experts meet clients where they are and provide personalized service for nonprofit, food and beverage, entertainment and media and health and wellness companies. Ranked as a Top-100 Firm, Top Regional Leader in the West and Best Firm to Work For by Accounting Today, GHJ is passionate about helping clients and its people #BeMore by focusing on building thriving businesses and creating a better future.

Through its affiliation with HLB International, a global network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisers, GHJ is able to partner with other top firms around the world. GHJ’s audit, tax and advisory teams leverage the HLB network to partner with its clients and give clients access to member firms in over 157 countries across the globe. GHJ has 20 partners and more than 200 staff members, who serve thousands of clients. The Firm is also 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).