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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

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
  • Experienced (His financial career started) at The Nippon Credit Bank, working in Capital Markets, International Credit Analysis and Corporate Investment. Afterwards, he served Investment Banking Business at Daiwa Securities and Morgan Stanley.
  • Previously he founded K’s Capital, focusing on Bank M&A and restructuring business.
  • Tokyo University of Science, B Eng, and Columbia University, MS.

Executive Director

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)
  • Previous experience at M&A Advisory Group of YAMADA Business Consulting, Tokai Tokyo Securities, Nihon M&A Center, Investment Banking Division of Daiwa Securities
  • Waseda University MA


  • Previous experience at The Shoko Chukin Bank (Head Office and other branch offices), PwC (Advisory department) and Renaissance Capital Group, focusing on corporate finance and M&A advisory.
  • Certified Public Accountant.
  • Waseda University MS Finance.
  • Previously served at Seicomart(currently Secoma), focusing on strategic marketing and then finance and accounting for a group company
  • Prior experience as CFO at a venture company
  • Daito Bunka University BA
  • Prior experience at Chuo Shinko Audit Corporation (Misuzu Audit Corporation)
  • Certified Public Accountant and Tax Accountant
  • Keio University BA


Hyeeun SHIN
  • Prior experience at the Rail System Company of Hitachi (Business Planning)
  • Seoul National University BA
  • Speaks Korean, Japanese and English
  • Korean national
Hiroki UEDA
  • Prior experience at Nihon M&A Center
  • Keio University BA
  • Previous experience at Nomura Securities and Ernst & Young Japan office, focusing on accounting advisory, financial advisory, valuation and etc.
  • USCPA (Washington), Legal Professional Qualification Certificate (passed the Chinese Bar exam)
  • Liverpool Hope University BA and University of Tokyo MA
  • Speaks Chinese, Japanese and English
  • Chinese national


  • Previous experience at Tokai Tokyo Securities
    (M&A advisory in the Corporate Solution Promotion Department)
  • Kyushu University BA

Research Assistant

  • Previous experience at Japan Post Insurance (clerical and business planning) and an architectural firm (public relations)
  • Otemae University BA
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