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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 35 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
  • Concurrently serves as Chairman at Pinnacle TT Solution Inc.

Chairman, President & CEO

Satoru SERA
  • Former Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Executive Director Prior to the above,experience in a wide range of financial businesses at MUFG Bank (Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities (seconded), Corporate Finance Sales Department, New York Branch, Australian subsidiary, etc.)
  • Arthur D. Little School of Management MBA, and Kobe University BA

Senior Managing Director

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

Managing 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)
Masatoshi KURAMOTO
  • Began his career at Mitsubishi Bank (currently MUFG Bank) working primarily in investment banking (Capital Markets, ECM, M&A, Securitization, etc.), before taking on the position of Executive Vice President at Mitsubishi Motors’ sales finance subsidiary while on secondment. Afterwards, he served as CFO of 2 venture firms before joining Pinnacle.
  • MIT Sloan School of Management MBA, Tokyo University BA
  • Exclusively serves at Pinnacle TT Solution Inc.

Executive Director

  • Prior experience at Chuo Shinko Audit Corporation (Misuzu Audit Corporation)
  • Certified Public Accountant and Tax Accountant
  • Keio University BA
Masatoshi MORI
  • Previous experience at Tokai Tokyo Securities working in Corporate Finance / Corporate Sales (primarily M&A advisory and IPO)
  • Seikei University MA
  • Exclusively serves at Pinnacle TT Solution Inc.


Akihiko KANEKO
  • Previous experience at Sanyo Securities working in Corporate Sales, at Ichiyoshi Securities working in Underwriting and Institutional Investor Sales, and then focused on Institutional Investor Sales at Tokai Tokyo Securities before joining Pinnacle
  • Sapporo Gakuin University BA
  • Exclusively serves at Pinnacle TT Solution Inc.
  • Previous experience at Finance / Accounting / Administration / Sales / Information System of Hogoromo Foods
  • Nihon University BA
  • Engaged in business succession type M&A advisory for SME at CB Partners and Forval.
  • After participating in the development and launch of the new M&A Division, engaged in promotion of business succession advisory at M&A Capital Partners.
  • Has transaction experience in various industries such as IT, trading companies, pharmacies, manufacturers and real estate.
  • Graduated from Doshisha University Faculty of Economics. JMAA certified M&A advisor.
  • Pinnacle TT Solution Inc.


Takahiro TSURUTA
  • Previous experience at Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory and EY Japan Finance group, focusing on M&A advisory
  • Prior to the above, served in operations and business development at Tokai Tokyo Securities
  • Waseda University School of Commerce BA(Bachelor of Arts)
  • Previous experience at Tokai Tokyo Securities (M&A advisory in the Corporate Solution Promotion Department)
  • Nagoya University LLB
  • Exclusively serves at Pinnacle TT Solution Inc.


  • Began his career at Kinjirushi Co., Ltd., then served at an independent boutique firm focusing on M&A advisory
  • Tamagawa University BS
  • Exclusively serves at Pinnacle TT Solution Inc.
  • Previous experience at a Japanese chemical maker(domestic/overseas B2B sales and then business planning department)
  • Sophia University BA
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