Derek Alderton

Vice Chairman

Derek Alderton has over 20 years’ experience leading both large and small consulting engagements.

Mr. Alderton worked with McKinsey for 10 years, where he was responsible for the West Coast Media & Entertainment Practice. He founded his consulting firm, Alderton Business Services, to work with private equity firms, global businesses and small public and private companies across industries. He also sits on the boards of multiple companies, has been a featured speaker at over 50 events, and is a published author of industry articles as well as a textbook. He began his career as an insolvency administrator and then as an M&A investment banker.

Mr. Alderton earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he is currently an adjunct professor in Strategy and Entrepreneurship. He also holds degrees in Law and Economics from the University of Sydney, a Diploma in Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia, and is a Chartered Accountant in Australia.

  • T +1 (310) 636-2050
Pardis Nasseri

CEO and President

Derek Alderton

Vice Chairman

Tracy Albert

Vice Chairman

David Wolinsky

Chief Talent Officer

Stephen E. Rossi

Managing Director and
Head of Investment Banking

David M.V. Barnes

Managing Director and Head of M&A

Chris Felderman

Managing Director and
Head of Financial Due Diligence

Mitchel Nakken

Managing Director and
Head of Transitions and Transformations

Britt Terrell

Managing Director and
Head of Capital Markets

Clayton Grindle

Chief Administrative Officer

Phillip Cooper

Managing Director

Dulce Martinez

Head of Client Coverage

Vincent Nguyen


Spencer Hong


Nick Fedorchak


Julien Nguyen Christensen

Director, Finance

M. Charles Festa

Director, Talent Acquisition

Dieema Wheaton

Director, Talent

Steven Richards

Senior Vice President

Rishi Chellani

Senior Vice President

Joseph Wade

Senior Vice President

Matt Murray

Senior Vice President

Danny Arnaout

Senior Vice President

Careers with Palm Tree

We have select positions available at all levels of our organization. Contact us for a confidential discussion about joining a firm that L.A. Business Journal named among L.A.'s most influential M&A advisors.

Exposure to projects and opportunities to work closely with clients offers Palm Tree employees lateral and progressive advancement inside the firm.

We currently have positions available within the organization for employees of top accounting and consulting firms and for recent graduates.