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Chairman, President & CEO

  • Before founding Pinnacle, Mr.Yasuda was Country Head of Lehman Brothers Japan and Head of its Investment Banking Division. Prior to the above, he served as Managing Director of General Electric International (Japan), in charge of business development, and at the Long Term Credit Bank of Japan, executing domestic and cross-border M&A. He has more than 30 years of M&A experience.
  • Mr.Yasuda frequently appears as an M&A expert on television programs, in published media and at industry conferences. He has taught corporate strategy at Kyushu University, Tama University of Japan, the Switzerland-based business school IMD and Hitotsubashi University as a visiting professor and lecturer.
  • Hitotsubashi University BA

Managing Director

  • Previously served as Team Head of the M&A Department at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities
  • Prior to the above, he served as Director of the Investment Banking Division at Deutsche Securities Tokyo Branch and Deputy General Manager of the M&A Department at Daiwa SMBC
  • Hitotsubashi University BA and MIT Sloan School of Management MBA
Masaaki TAKANO
  • Previously served as Vice President of the M&A Department at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities.
  • Prior to the above, he served at Yamaichi Securities in the Underwriting Credit Evaluation Dept.
  • Sophia University BS
Jeffrey SMITH
  • Previously served in the Equities Division of Goldman Sachs
  • Prior to the above, experience in the M&A Group and Financial Sponsors Group of UBS, focusing on cross border M&A transactions. Experience in the M&A Group of Credit Suisse First Boston
  • Yale University BA

Executive Director

Shinichi YANAGI
  • Previously served as Executive Officer Investment Subsidiary and Chief Financial Officer of a venture company
  • Prior experience at Investment Banking Department of Daiwa SMBC, and industrial-research business of Sanwa Bank (Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ)
  • Osaka University BS and Chuo University MA
Tomohiko SHIBATA
  • Prior experience at Shinsei Bank (M&A advisory in life science and health care)
  • At Pinnacle, M&A track record in a broad range of sectors
  • Hosei University MS
Tomoyuki IZUMI
  • Previous experience at GCA Savvian, M&A Group of Lehman Brothers (Tokyo and NY), and M&A Advisory Group of Morgan Stanley Japan, focusing on cross border M&A transactions
  • American University BSBA (magna cum laude)


  • Prior experience at Chuo Shinko Audit Corporation (Misuzu Audit Corporation)
  • Certified Public Accountant and Tax Accountant
  • Keio University BA


  • Prior experience at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Structured Finance)
  • University at Buffalo BS
Hyeeun SHIN
  • Prior experience at the Rail System Company of Hitachi (Business Planning)
  • Seoul National University BA
  • Speaks Korean, Japanese and English

Research Assistant

  • Prior experience at Mizuho Securities as Investment Consultant
  • Japan Women's University BA
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