Transaction & Advisory Team
John H. Nghiem is the managing director of Meridian Circle Advisors, a division of Ascendant Alternative StrategiesMeridian Circle Advisors, located in Houston, primarily engages in energy and infrastructure focused investment and merchant banking activities. 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 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 the 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. Mr. Nghiem is Vietnamese by heritage and grew up in an energy household where his grandfather served as CFO of Esso (Exxon) Eastern Vietnam, prior to 1975.
Joseph Mims is a managing director of Meridian Circle Advisors, a division of Ascendant Alternative StrategiesMeridian Circle Advisors, located in Houston, primarily engages in energy and infrastructure focused investment and merchant banking activities. 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.
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