Pinnacle has hired former Xcelerate director and respected Elite specialist Honda Ngo to join its US practice.

Ngo will take the lead on application consulting on select projects, while also working closely with US CEO Bob Beach on client and practice development.

Commenting on Ngo’s appointment Beach said: “This is a great hire for us.  Honda has spent nearly two decades in the legal finance systems space, working on both the vendor and client side, so he has that dual perspective which characterises so much of the Pinnacle talent.  He’s highly regarded for both his technical expertise and broader legal business understanding, and he is set to play a key leadership role as we build our US team.”

Prior to his director of strategic development role at Xcelerate, Ngo spent a number of years in private practice, initially at Quinn Emanuel and then O’Melveny & Myers.  Drawing on 10 years’ experience at Thomson Reuters he played a pivotal role in extending and optimising both firms’ 3E platforms.