Derek van der Plaat, MBA, CFA has over 20 years of corporate finance and M&A experience, both as an advisor and as an owner-entrepreneur.
Derek started his career at CIBC M&A where clients included Canadian Pacific, Allied Signal, Praxair, GoodYear Tires, and Planters Peanuts as well as many owner-operated private companies. Operational leadership experience includes co-founding Moontaxi Media Inc., a company focused on digital media streaming and downloads. In 2002, as a result of a partnership with Microsoft’s Windows Media division, Moontaxi.com became a top ten internet radio destination (as measured by Arbitron). In 2003 Moontaxi launched the Puretracks music download service, 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. Moontaxi secured financing from strategic investors such as Universal Music, Entertainment One and Standard Broadcasting.
Derek sold his interest in Moontaxi to a strategic acquirer in 2006 and subsequently formed DVP Capital Management Inc. There he completed numerous financings and acquisitions in the mobile content, marketing and online game sectors as an operator, shareholder and board member.
In 2011 Derek joined Veracap M&A International as a Managing Director, and in 2016 he joined EY as a Senior Vice President, M&A, Technology, Media and Telecom to continue his work in private technology company M&A. Updates can be followed on LinkedIn and Twitter and Derek can be reached at 416-943-4485.