Avinash Patel is a Managing Director in the Strategic Advisory Group at PJT Partners, based in New York. Prior to joining PJT Partners in March 2016, Mr. Patel worked in the Technology, Media and Telecom group at Credit Suisse. Prior to that, he worked in the M&A and Financial Institutions groups at UBS where he also served as COO of UBS’s Chicago Investment Banking office. In addition to his advisory experience, Mr. Patel worked in the Network and Finance organizations at AT&T and the Corporate Finance team at Discover Financial Services. Mr. Patel has over ten years of investment banking experience and is responsible for advising emerging and established companies, financial sponsors and growth investors in the financial services and financial technology industries. Mr. Patel received a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.