Masaru Shibata
Senior Adviser

Masaru started his 25 years career as an investment banker in New York when he joined M&A Department of Goldman Sachs in 1989. He was the first locally hired junior banker for Goldman's M&A team in Japan and was material in establishing the firm's M&A practice in the country both for Japanese clients and international clients.

He became Vice President in 1996 and Managing Director in 2001 and was also deeply involved in originating the firm's principal investment opportunities in the distressed assets in Japan. He left Goldman and joined Lehman Brothers in 2004 as the head of M&A in Japan as well as a member of the leadership of the firm's Global M&A Group.

He served as a member of Management Committee in Japan until the end of October 2008 when he moved to J.P. Morgan as the head of M&A Group in Japan. Masaru served as a member of Japan Business Committee for the bank and became Vice Chairman in 2010.

Masaru then retired from J.P. Morgan and joined the establishment of the new M&A advisory boutique, Crosspoint Advisors, in Tokyo together with the former colleagues and friends, focusing on the cross border M&A transactions.

He has left Crosspoint and became an independent adviser, being involved in the management of the acquired companies and completing the post-merger integrations. He was based in Geneva, London and Tokyo during 2013 and 2015 and is currently based in Singapore to assist the local management of an industrial company.

Masaru received BA from Keio University, finishing EMP at University of Tokyo and the program at Lee Kuan Yew School of National University of Singapore.