GHJ Partners Recognized as 2024 Leaders of Influence in Private Equity, Investors & Advisors by Los Angeles Business Journal

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 27, 2024) – GHJ, a leading accounting and advisory firm, proudly announces that Partners Anant Patel and David Sutton have been named among the Los Angeles Business Journal's (LABJ’s) 2024 “Leaders of Influence: Private Equity, Investors & Advisors.” This prestigious accolade highlights their exceptional professional achievements, community leadership and notable accomplishments over the past year.

"David and Anant exemplify the qualities that define true leadership in our industry," said Tom Barry, Managing Partner at GHJ. "Their dedication to their clients, their teams and their communities is truly inspiring. We are proud to see them recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal for their outstanding contributions."

LABJ's 2024 Leaders of Influence: Private Equity, Investors & Advisors list celebrates professionals who have made significant impacts in their fields and is a testament to their professional achievements, community leadership and notable milestones. This recognition is a testament to David and Anant's unwavering commitment to excellence and their pivotal roles in driving GHJ's success.


As GHJ’s Advisory Services Practice Leader, Anant leads GHJ's expansion in advisory services and drives innovation and growth within the Firm. Under his leadership, the Advisory Services group has introduced strategic initiatives that have significantly enhanced client outcomes.

Anant embodies excellence and innovation in advisory services. As the driving force in GHJ’s Transaction Advisory Services Practice, Anant's leadership has enhanced the Firm’s global reputation. His expertise in facilitating deals ranging from $20 million to $1.2 billion, coupled with his Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) designation, underlines his pivotal role in the private equity space.

Anant's client-centered approach has led to higher satisfaction and success and positioned GHJ as a leader in client-focused advisory services. His strategic guidance helps private equity clients implement plans that grow their business value while aligning with their missions. Anant's influence extends globally as he has served as the Global Transaction Advisory Services Leader for HLB, the international accounting network GHJ is a member of, where he helped facilitate significant cross-border transactions. He currently serves as HLB’s Global Leader – Network Capabilities.

Anant's leadership goes beyond his professional achievements. His commitment to fostering a culture of excellence and his active involvement in community service further underscore his influence and leadership. He serves on the Board of Directors for Step Up, a nonprofit supporting individuals with mental health conditions and homelessness. As a mentor at GHJ, Anant guides emerging leaders and fosters a culture of continuous learning and development. His role in GHJ’s Executive Committee drives the Firm’s growth into a next-generation national advisory practice.

Anant Patel's remarkable achievements and dedication to excellence make him a deserving recipient of the Leaders of Influence: Private Equity, Investors & Advisors award.


David leads GHJ’s Private Equity Practice and has demonstrated unparalleled expertise in guiding clients through complex financial landscapes. David has successfully overseen numerous high-profile transactions to ensure seamless integration and value optimization for all stakeholders. His strategic insight and dedication to client success have cemented his reputation as a trusted advisor in the industry.

David stands as a beacon of excellence in the private equity and advisory landscapes. He has facilitated high-stakes transactions to propel businesses to new heights. His expertise in M&A strategy guides clients through complex negotiations to ensure strategic objectives are met.

David's work with private equity firms involves finding and executing investment opportunities, managing and growing portfolio businesses and planning for successful exits. His strategic insights and dedication make him a standout in the industry. Advising on transactions from $10 million to $1 billion, David's expertise spans various industries, and his insights have been published by numerous publications.

Leading GHJ’s Business Resiliency Taskforce, David has guided clients through economic uncertainties, including bank failures and rising interest rates. He also hosted GHJ’s Business Disruption and Resilience Podcast, where he shared lessons from notable business leaders.

David's leadership extends beyond professional achievements. He mentors emerging leaders at GHJ, and his dedication to excellence makes him a deserving recipient of the Leaders of Influence: Private Equity, Investors & Advisors award.

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, 7th Fastest-Growing 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 150 countries across the globe. GHJ has 21 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).