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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How Do I Attract a High Multiple for My Business? - The Sales Process How Do I Attract a High Multiple for My Business? - The Sales Process How Do I Attract a High Multiple for My Business? - The Sales Process 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) Ask an Expert: 5 Questions on Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) Ask an Expert: 5 Questions on Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) 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...

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

'I Sold My Business at 10X Multiple.' A Multiple of What (and When)? 'I Sold My Business at 10X Multiple.' A Multiple of What (and When)? 'I Sold My Business at 10X Multiple.' A Multiple of What (and When)? 'I Sold My Business at 10X Multiple.' A Multiple of What (and When)?


How many times have you heard that a company sold for a big multiple? Have you ever wondered what this multiple refers to? This article...

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Don't assume that because you have built and operated a successful company, you can also undertake the sale of your company. Here are 12...

Who Will Pay More for My Company - A Strategic or Financial Buyer? Who Will Pay More for My Company - A Strategic or Financial Buyer? Who Will Pay More for My Company - A Strategic or Financial Buyer? Who Will Pay More for My Company - A Strategic or Financial Buyer?


There are fundamentally two types of buyers, strategic and financial, and each one is different in its own way. Learn which buyer is more...

Constructing a Buyer List and Finding the Right Buyer for Your Company Constructing a Buyer List and Finding the Right Buyer for Your Company Constructing a Buyer List and Finding the Right Buyer for Your Company Constructing a Buyer List and Finding the Right Buyer for Your Company


Learn how to construct a buyer list and the key attributes buyers look for in private companies to justify paying a valuation premium.

Why Mid-Market Companies are Valued Lower Than Their Public Company Peers Why Mid-Market Companies are Valued Lower Than Their Public Company Peers Why Mid-Market Companies are Valued Lower Than Their Public Company Peers Why Mid-Market Companies are Valued Lower Than Their Public Company Peers


Learn how private companies are valued and why these valuations differ from the way public companies are valued.

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


Attract a high multiple for your private company by learning what business factors impact a company valuation.