Six years of private equity experience with fund formation, fund raising, risk management, financial reporting and full-cycle investment experience; and 12 years of Wall Street experience in global investment banking with transactions totaling over $25 billion in value across numerous industries in M&A, leveraged finance, and corporate finance in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Beijing, and Hong Kong. Joseph is managing member at Clear Skies Partners where he acquires middle-market businesses; and managing member at JJ Avant / Avant Development where he develops real estate projects in Los Angeles. Prior to, Joseph led global teams in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, South America, and Mongolia. Two of his transactions were considered “deal of the year.” Joseph served as head of M&A at Bank of China International (SEHK:3988), head of China Cross-Border M&A and head of Beijing Office at Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI), and senior vice president at Deloitte Corporate Finance. Joseph started his career in leveraged finance and corporate finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (NYSE:BAC) and fixed income at Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS). During the dotcom bubble, Joseph was corporate development & finance manager at two internet startups in Silicon Valley that raised venture capital from TWR Group, Deloitte Consulting Ventures, AK Steel (NYSE: AKS) and SOFTBANK Venture Capital.