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“Derek de Laat delivers tremendous value to his clients as a well-rounded and savvy IP expert.” “His patent valuation expertise, financial modelling know-how and understanding of the licensing space join together perfectly to set the gold standard for the industry.”
Derek de Laat is president of FIN IP Group, a financial advisory firm specialising in intellectual property valuation, royalty rate analysis, IP investments and monetisation.
Mr de Laat’s career has been focused on bringing credible and advanced financial services to the IP market. He has developed over 500 patent acquisition models, devevloped royalty rates for over a hundred programmes, supported deals in excess of C$2 billion, and helped finance over C$200 million in patent portfolio and litigation financing. With more than a decade of experience, Mr de Laat has structured various IP transactions, developed industry-leading financial models and been a key contributor to major IP licensing deals spanning multiple technology markets.
Prior to forming FIN IP Group, Mr de Laat was vice president of IP investments and valuation at WiLAN, a patent licensing company, where he oversaw financial aspects of all licensing and acquisitions. Prior to that, Mr de Laat was a member of the team that developed and successfully monetised BlackBerry’s foundational patent portfolio.
Before joining BlackBerry, Mr de Laat worked for RockStar Consortium, where he was responsible for supporting licensing efforts related to the Nortel patent portfolio. He worked at Rockstar Consortium up until the patent estate was acquired by RPX.
Mr de Laat holds a BSc (finance) from Erasmus University, an MBA (finance) from Carleton University, a diploma in operational research from the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS), a chartered professional accountant (CPA) designation and a certified management accountant (CMA) designation.
Since its inception, FIN IP Group has been at the forefront of building and strengthening effective IP-centric strategies for its global client base. As thought leaders in financial valuation, FIN IP Group’s team of experts provide industry-leading financial valuation approaches, methodologies, modeling and analytics to the IP market.
FIN IP Group’s suite of IP financial services includes patent portfolio valuation, licensing strategy and modeling, deal structuring, M&A due diligence, royalty rate analysis, litigation investment analysis, and various tax and financial reporting reports (IFRS and US GAAP).