Ikuo Yasuda is the chairman, president and CEO of Pinnacle Inc. (IMAP Japan). He has more than 30 years of M&A experience. Prior to establishing the firm, Ikuo was Country Head of Lehman Brothers Japan and Head of its investment banking department. Before that, 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 M&A and cross-border M&A together with its alliance partner, US-based Peers & Co. Ikuo frequently appears as an M&A expert on television programs, in published media and at industry conferences. He has taught corporate strategy at Tama University of Japan, the Switzerland-based business school IMD and Hitotsubashi University, as a visiting professor and lecturer, and has acted as visiting professor at Kyushu University. He also serves as the chairman of the Healthcare System Research Group.
Practice Areas: M&A, PE/VC, Corporate Strategy and Revitilization.
Ikuo holds a BA in Economics from Hitotsubashi University.
Jeffrey Smith is a Managing Director of Pinnacle Inc.(IMAP Japan). He has more than 15 years experience advising on Japan-related cross-border M&A. His previous sector experience includes telecom, technology, consumer, industrials and private equity. Based in Tokyo, Jeff previously served as vice president in the Equities Division of Goldman Sachs and as director in the Financial Sponsors Group of UBS Investment Bank. Before that he worked for Credit Suisse First Boston Securities in the M&A Group in both New York and Tokyo. Jeff maintains contact with a range of private and leading public technology and telecom companies. He has more than 10 years experience advising on Japan-related cross-border M&A. Previously he worked at Goldman Sachs, UBS Investment Bank and Credit Suisse First Boston.
Practice Areas: M&A (particularly Japan-related cross-border), valuation, and private equity.
Sector Expertise: Telecom, Technology, Consumer, and Industrials.
Jeff has a BA Cum Laude Economics & Math from Yale University.
Pinnacle Inc. (IMAP Japan), is a leading firm in cross-border M&A advisory and offers a suite of advisory and business consulting services including buy-side and sell-side M&A advisory and restructuring advisory, as well as financial and strategic consulting, partner selection and market entry support. Pinnacle was founded in 2004 by Ikuo Yasuda (Chairman, President and CEO) who began his career in M&A by doing pioneering cross-border work with Long Term Credit Bank of Japan and its alliance partner, US-based Peers & Co. The firm, which is composed of approximately 20 professional transaction advisors and support staff, is based in the Shiba Park area of Tokyo.