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

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 28, 2021) — GHJ, a leading accounting and advisory firm, is excited to announce that Anant Patel (partner and Advisory Services and TAS Practice Leader) was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ) as a “Most Influential Private Equity Advisor” for the third year in a row.

“Anant is at the top of his game,” GHJ Managing Partner Tom Barry said. “He sets the standard of excellence with his work ethic, and he is highly regarded by his peers as an industry expert and advisor.”


With over 25 years of public accounting experience, Anant leads both the Firm’s Advisory Services Practice and Transaction Advisory Services Practice and is a member of the Executive Committee for GHJ. He advises in the area of mergers and acquisitions and provides financial due diligence consulting such as quality of earnings, working capital analysis, EBITDA analysis and projections and deal structuring. Anant has assisted on deals ranging from $20 million to $500 million and is a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA).

He provides audit and accounting, tax and general business consulting services. His industry experience includes closely held companies in food and beverage, entertainment, media and technology, manufacturing, wholesale/distribution, consumer products and real estate. Many of Anant’s clients are owned by Private Equity Groups, VCs and institutional investors.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Anant led GHJ’s COVID-19 Taskforce, an initiative to better assist clients (including private equity firms) who are seeking guidance on how to navigate the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Main Street Lending Programs, PPP loans and SBA loans from application to forgiveness, along with numerous changes to tax laws. Under Anant’s leadership, the Taskforce also worked closely with clients to pivot their accounting needs, create an approach to fit the current virtual business environment and help implement sustainable practices for future growth.

Anant was also instrumental in creating GHJ’s Business Recovery Toolkit to assist clients with disruption caused by the pandemic. Using the Toolkit, he helped private equity businesses adapt and navigate complex legislation and safety regulations, and he leveraged various channels to provide updates and information to clients.

“I cannot think of a better person to receive this recognition,” Barry said. “Anant continues to inspire us daily, and his determination to provide proactive outreach and help clients find the best solutions to their problems helped GHJ step forward and take action during a difficult year.”


LABJ’s annual “Leaders of Influence: Private Equity Investors & Advisors” issue profiles an impressive cross-section of LA’s top private equity investors and advisors who fund and close deals that shape the local and U.S. economy. The professionals who were profiled include private equity investors as well as advisors such as lawyers, accountants, investment bankers, valuation consultants and insurance providers and are all based in Los Angeles County.

About GHJ

GHJ is an accounting and advisory firm that specializes in nonprofit, food and beverage, entertainment and media and health and wellness companies. As a previous recipient of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce’s 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.

GHJ 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, GHJ is able to partner with other top firms in major cities throughout the U.S. and the world. GHJ’s audit, tax, and advisory teams leverage the HLB network to better serve clients and offer access to member firms in over 158 countries across the globe and over 775 offices worldwide.

Also ranked as a top-20 largest accounting firm on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Book of Lists, GHJ has 15 partners and more than 160 staff members who serve over 3,000 clients. GHJ 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).