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 a Managing Director and the Head of Cross Border Coverage for its financial services sector. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Ms. Kakuta was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs in New York advising US and Japanese financial institutions. During her more than 10 year tenure at Goldman Sachs, Ms. Kakuta played key roles in a number of landmark transactions, and held various leadership positions including Global COO of the Financial Institutions Group and Secretary to the Investment Banking Division Client and Business Standards Committee. Before joining Goldman Sachs in 2007, 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 in M&A, equity & debt financing, risk management and principal real estate investing. Ms. Kakuta has a BA from Sophia University (Jochi Daigaku) in Tokyo, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.