SARASOTA, FL--(Marketwire - February 1, 2010) - IMAP, Inc., an exclusive global merger and acquisition (M&A) organization, is pleased to announce that it has selected Pinnacle Inc. to be the IMAP office for Japan. Located in the heart of Tokyo, Pinnacle, Inc. joins 50 other IMAP offices with experienced advisors and analysts in more than 30 countries throughout North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe and Asia.

"It is a privilege to be associated with a recognized leader in global cross-border M&A transactions," said Ikuo Yasuda, Chairman, President and CEO of Pinnacle Inc. "IMAP provides superior client service to all segments of the global middle market and we look forward to working with our IMAP partners."

Founded in 2004, Pinnacle Inc. offers a client-centered approach that delivers a highly custom and confidential advisory service valued by the Japanese market. Pinnacle Inc.'s experienced transaction professionals have a track record of completing over 50 assignments in M&A, in addition to providing services in strategic consulting. The firm specializes in divestitures, corporate reorganization and revitalizations, debt restructuring and recapitalizations, strategic alliances and joint ventures.

"IMAP considers Japan a vital market to global M&A opportunities," said IMAP President, Mark Esbeck. "Pinnacle brings their extensive relationships with many public and private Japanese corporations and financial institutions to IMAP. We are very pleased to welcome the Pinnacle team to the IMAP organization and their high caliber of advisory interchange that can now be offered to IMAP clients with an interest in Japan."

IMAP advisers, industry professionals and media will have an opportunity to meet representatives from Pinnacle Inc. at IMAP's 2010 Global Mergers & Acquisitions Symposium being held in Paris, France on Friday, October 22. More information on this spring symposium will be announced later this month and will be posted to the IMAP Web site.

About IMAP

IMAP is an exclusive global organization of independent merger and acquisition advisory offices. Formed in 1973, IMAP is composed of 50 offices in more than 30 countries throughout North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia. In 2008, IMAP advisers completed 252 transactions, with an aggregate transaction value of more than $13 billion. IMAP advisers provide strategic merger, acquisition, divestiture and related corporate finance services. Sellers of mid-size companies and corporate acquirers alike rely upon IMAP for essential local market knowledge and industry expertise delivered with unparalleled global reach. Every business day, somewhere in the world, an IMAP adviser is completing an M&A transaction. More information is available via the Internet at

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