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Derek van der Plaat

Derek is a Managing Director at Veracap M&A International Inc. He has over 20 years of corporate finance experience, both as an adviser with a major Canadian bank and as an owner-entrepreneur. Derek started his career in Investment Banking with CIBC M&A where he focused on acquisitions, divestitures, and financing advisory services to companies in the manufacturing, food, transportation, printing, chemical, engineering, wholesale, telecom, hardware and software sectors.

In 2000, Derek co-founded a digital media company called Moontaxi Media Inc., which, by way of a partnership with Microsoft's Windows Media group, grew to become a leading internet broadcast network. In 2003, now known as Puretracks, the company was the first in Canada to legally sell music online in association with the recording industry and leading distribution partners such as TELUS, MSN and AOL. From 2006 to 2010, Derek participated in a number of companies in the mobile content, marketing and video game sectors as well as provided corporate finance advisory services as a Principal of DVP Capital. During this time Derek completed numerous financings and acquisitions. Derek has served on the Board of Directors for public and private companies. Derek holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from McGill University, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Concordia University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
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Recent Articles by Derek van der Plaat

How Do I Attract a High Multiple for My Business? - The Sales Process

Attract a high multiple for your private company by learning how the sales process impacts a company valuation.

Ask an Expert: 5 Questions on Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)

Ever heard of NDAs? If you are looking to sell or buy a business, you may have been required to sign one. Here are 5 questions you always wanted to ask about them, but were afraid to.

The Top 11 Reasons a Buyer Will Pay a Premium for Your Company

Finding a buyer that will pay a premium for your company is a major step in realizing a successful sale of a business. Ever wonder why a buyer pays a premium to begin with? In this article, we describe the top 11 reasons a buyer will pay a premium.

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