Houtan Gholian

Managing Director, Tax
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Houtan Gholian

Managing Director, Tax

Houtan is a Managing Director at Manela, where he provides tax consulting and compliance services to businesses and their owners in the following areas: commercial and residential real estate, asset management, healthcare (nursing homes and doctors), consulting, professional services, entertainment, online sales, construction and development, foundations, and restaurants.



Education


Houtan is a California Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He graduated with honors with a BS is Business Administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a dual degree BA in Political Economy from UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Science. Houtan is also a Riordan Scholar Alumnus of UCLA’s Anderson School of Business.


Career


Prior to joining Manela, Houtan worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for 12 years in the financial services and private financial services practices, based in Los Angeles. With PwC’s financial services practice, Houtan had nine years of experience providing federal, state, and international compliance and consulting services to his clients, which included distressed-debt funds, private-equity-funds, fund-of-funds, hedge funds, and management companies. He has experience with complex tax areas, such as PFICs, CFCs, and private-equity restructurings.

In the private financial services practice, Houtan provided compliance and consulting services to high-net-worth individuals and their businesses, and executives of well-known real-estate and private-equity firms. While at PwC, Houtan led many local and national training on tax technical topics. Prior to PwC, Houtan worked in Deloitte’s audit practice for a year in the Los Angeles office.