Eri Kakuta is a Partner in the Strategic Advisory Group at PJT Partners, based in New York. Ms. Kakuta has over 25 years of investment banking experience across a range of business sectors in the US, Asia and Europe. Ms. Kakuta joined PJT Partners after three years at Deutsche Bank, where she was the Head of Cross Border Coverage for financial services. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Ms. Kakuta held various leadership positions at Goldman Sachs including Global COO of the Financial Institutions Group and Secretary to the Investment Banking Division Client and Business Standards Committee. During her more than 10-year tenure at Goldman Sachs, Ms. Kakuta devoted a substantial amount of her time advising financial institutions globally on strategic M&A assignments and played key roles in a number of landmark transactions. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Ms. Kakuta was at Morgan Stanley, where she began her investment banking career as an Analyst. Ms. Kakuta was based in Morgan Stanley’s New York and Tokyo offices and was active across a wide range of investment banking businesses including M&A, equity & debt financing, risk management and principal real estate investing. Ms. Kakuta serves on the board of the Japan Society in New York City and is a member of the US-Japan Council. Ms. Kakuta has a BA from Sophia University (Jochi Daigaku) in Tokyo, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.