Transaction & Advisory Team
John H. Nghiem is the founder and managing director of Meridian Circle Advisors, an energy and infrastructure focused investment and merchant banking firm based in Houston. An experienced energy investment banker and private equity professional, Mr. Nghiem has completed a variety of domestic and international corporate financings, mergers and acquisitions, and financial advisory transactions and has worked with various public and private corporations, financial institutions, and public private partnerships investing or operating in such industries as energy, energy technology, and infrastructure. Mr. Nghiem began his career in energy investing in 1997 and has served as an energy investment banking and private equity professional at WestLB AG, SMH Group, Credit Suisse and Industry Capital. In building and developing MCA, Mr. Nghiem seeks to cultivate an open and transparent environment bringing together motivated, intelligent, and creative professionals who strive to succeed through collaboration with their peers and colleagues for benefit of investors and clients. Outside of his professional duties, Mr. Nghiem supports endeavors focused on the environment, public health and alleviating global poverty. Mr. Nghiem is assisted in the formation of IC-7Gen, an Industry Capital philanthropic platform to partner with international foundations and global energy companies to advance socially beneficial enterprises in the emerging markets. Mr. Nghiem holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago and is a member of Houston Mayor’s International Trade & Development Council and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans. Mr. Nghiem also serves on the board of directors of the US China Partnerships which is chaired by former U.S. President, George H.W. Bush. Mr. Nghiem is Vietnamese by heritage and grew up in an energy household where is grandfather served as CFO of Esso (Exxon) Eastern Vietnam, prior to 1975.
Joseph Mims is a managing director of Meridian Circle Advisors, an energy and infrastructure focused investment and merchant banking firm based in Houston. Mr. Mims is an experienced finance professional with a focus on energy transactions, capital raising, and related advisory services. From June 2015 to August 2017, he led the re-start and expansion of Oppenheimer’s exploration & production investment banking business in Houston. Prior to that he covered all of the major oil & gas verticals at Citigroup’s global energy investment banking group. Before entering private equity and investment banking, Mr. Mims worked in commercial real estate brokerage and development at McDade, Smith, Gould, Johnston, Mason + Company.
Additionally, he serves as a committee member of the Houston Live Stock Show & Rodeo and a partner of Monopole Wines, boutique fine wine distribution company. Mr. Mims holds a B.A. in economics from Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.
Board of Advisors
The MCA board of advisors helps our team set strategic direction and addresses direct tactical issues
which may arise during the course of a particular transaction. Our advisors have diverse backgrounds
and bring a particular area of domain expertise and global relationships to our group in order to help our
professionals devise the optimal solution for our clients.